Grey Fantail

Rhipidura albiscapa
This pretty bird has returned to the lake following the maturing  of the revegetated native plants. Insect eaters, they feed at lower levels and on the ground, fanning their tails to disturb prey. One can sometimes hear their high-pitched song.
Fantails use a thin horizontal branch on which to build their nest. Their round nests have a tail, which has been likened to  a wineglass stem.
Closely related to, but generally less confiding than, the Willy Wagtail .
  • Length: 14-17cm
  • Clutch Size: 2-3

Drawings kindly provided by Pam. Photography and text by David Free. Audio clips provided by David Secomb.