Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons
Rufous Fantail, Wye Valley, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Australia
February / March 2006

There are 19 sub-species of Rufous Fantail, two of which are distributed in the east and south-east of Australia while the others are found on South Pacific islands. They inhabit forest and woodland, coastal scrub and riverside vegetation.

Rufous Fantail, Wye Valley, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image I found them in denser vegetation than Grey Fantail R. albiscapa and, while these photos were taken without flash, most of my other photos of Rufous Fantail required flash.

It is a very attractive bird with its rufous forecrown, immaculate white chin and throat and black breast with white scaling on the lower breast. The long tail has a broad rufous band at the base and whitish tips.

Immature Rufous Fantail, Murramarang N.P., NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Photo 3 shows an immature which is generally duller and lacks the white chin and black breast.
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