Blueheaded fantail

Rhipidura cyaniceps

TAXONOMY

Muscipeta cyaniceps Cassin, 1855, Mt Makiling, Luzon, Philippine Islands. Four subspecies.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Rhipidure à tête bleue; German: Blaukopf-Facherschwanz; Spanish: Cola de Abanico Azul.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

6.5-7.5 in (16.5-19 cm). Head, throat, and breast grayish blue. White brow and under eye stripe. Lower back, rump, and belly to undertail is rufous. Black central tail feathers.

DISTRIBUTION

R. c. pinícola-, northwest Philippine Islands; R. c. cyaniceps: northeast Philippine Islands; R. c. sauli: western central Philippine Islands; R. c. albiventris: eastern central Philippine Islands.

HABITAT

This species can be found in all forest types, up to 6,600 ft (2,000 m).

BEHAVIOR

Usually found in family parties or mixed feeding flocks, this fantail is a noisy and conspicuous bird in the understory of the forest.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

This species captures much of its insect food by hawking in the upper canopy. It is a frequent member of mixed-species foraging flocks.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Birds in breeding condition have been recorded in February and March. Two eggs are laid in a cup-shaped nest built on a branch.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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