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Malaysian Pied Fantail - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies R. j. longicauda
Photo by Karim Madoya
Papar, Borneo, November 2006
Rhipidura javanica


18cm; dark plumage; long broad tail which it often fans out. Genders look alike.

Adult: Narrow black breast band contrasting with white throat and whitish belly. Upperparts dark/slaty grey; tail black tipped with white; eyebrow white.

Female: Rusty brown rump, upper tail coverts and wings; breast band smaller and blotched with white.

In flight: Rump appears white due to overlap of long flank feathers.


Southeast Asia.


It was formerly considered conspecific with Philippine Pied Fantail under the name Pied Fantail.




A common bird in gardens and lowland forests in central Thailand and in mangrove forests in the south.


Diet includes insects.

Breeding takes place February to July; the nest is built of plant fibres and spiders' webs in a conical shape. 2 yellow-white eggs are laid.

They have a habit of fanning out their long tails.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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