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Photo by tcollins
Brian Creek Monsoon Forest, Northern Territory, Australia, July 2011
Rhipidura dryas



South-east Asia, Australasia: found in the Lesser Sundas, northern coast of Australia, and southern New Guinea.



Subspecies semicollaris
Photo by James Eaton
Camplong, West Timor, Indonesia, May 2005

There are eleven subspecies[1]:

  • R. d. celebensis:
  • Tanahjampea and Lalao islands (Flores Sea)
  • R. d. mimosae:
  • Kalaotoa Island (Flores Sea)
  • R. d. sumbaensis:
  • R. d. semicollaris:
  • R. d. elegantula:
  • R. d. reichenowi:
  • R. d. hamadryas :
  • Tanimbar Islands (Arafura Sea)
Race hamadryas.
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Yamdena Island, Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia
  • R. d. squamata:
  • Banda, Seram Laut, Tayandu Island and Kai Island
  • R. d. henrici:
  • Aru Islands
  • R. d. streptophora:
  • R. d. dryas:
  • Coastal northern Australia (Kimberley to western Cape York Peninsula)

R. d. henrici is thought to be a subspecies of R. d. squamata by some authors[2]


Rain forest and mangroves.



  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Avibase

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