Dicruridae (Fantails)


The family Dicruridae is a relatively recent grouping of a number of seemingly very different birds, mostly from the southern hemisphere, which are more closely related than they at first appear. They contain boatbills, monarch flycatchers, Magpie-larks, fantails and drongos.


Dicrurus bracteatus (DICRURIDAE) Spangled Drongo

The Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus is black with iridescent plumage and a characteristic forked tail…

Rhipidura leucophrys (DICRURIDAE) Willy Wagtail

A black and white fantail black upper parts and throat, underneath white. Call is “sweet pretty creature”. Common. Likes to nest in branches..

Rhipidura fuloginosa (DICRURIDAE) Grey Fantail

Recognisable by its long “fanned” tail and air borne acrobatics. Grey above, with white eyebrow, throat and tail edges. Creamy yellow underbelly..