Arafura fantail Rhipidura rufifrons dryas, photographed by Josep del Hoyo.

Belongs within: Corvoidea.

Rhipidura includes the fantails, small insectivorous birds found in Australasia and southern Asia. Fantails have long rounded tails that are often held fanned out (hence the vernacular name); they also have the wings characteristically drooped and held away from the body when not in flight.

<==Rhipidura Vigors & Horsfield 1827 [Rhipidurinae] B94
    |--+--+--R. leucothorax JT12
    |  |  `--R. threnothorax JT12
    |  `--+--R. diluta JT12
    |     `--+--R. leucophrys Latham 1801 JT12, WS48
    |        |    |--R. l. leucophrys J06
    |        |    |--R. l. carteri (Mathews 1921) [=Leucocirca leucophrys carteri] WS48
    |        |    |--R. l. melaleuca J06
    |        |    `--R. l. picata Gould 1848 WS48
    |        `--+--R. javanica JT12
    |           `--+--R. albicollis JT12
    |              `--R. aureola JT12
    `--+--+--R. atra JT12
       |  `--+--R. perlata JT12
       |     `--+--R. cockerelli JT12
       |        `--+--R. fuscorufa JT12
       |           `--R. rufiventris (Vieillot 1818) JT12, WS48 [=Platyrhynchus rufiventris WS48]
       |                |--R. r. rufiventris J06
       |                |--R. r. gularis J06
       |                `--R. r. isura Gould 1840 [incl. R. setora (l. c.) tormenti Mathews 1912] WS48
       `--+--+--R. nigrocinnamomea JT12
          |  `--+--R. cyaniceps JT12
          |     `--R. superciliaris JT12
          `--+--+--R. brachyrhyncha JT12
             |  `--+--R. rufidorsa JT12
             |     `--+--R. dahli JT12
             |        `--+--R. rufifrons (Latham 1801) JT12, WS48 [=Muscicapa rufifrons WS48]
             |           |    |--R. r. rufifrons M03
             |           |    |--R. f. dryas Gould 1842 [incl. R. rufifrons parryi Mathews 1912] WS48
             |           |    `--R. f. intermedia M03
             |           `--R. teysmanni JT12
             `--+--+--R. albolimbata JT12
                |  `--R. hyperythra JT12
                `--+--+--R. tenebrosa JT12
                   |  `--R. verreauxi JT12
                   `--+--R. phasiana JT12 [=R. fuliginosa phasiana SJ85]
                      `--+--R. fuliginosa (Sparrman 1787) JT12, R85 [=Muscicapa fuliginosa WS48]
                         |    |--R. f. fuliginosa R85
                         |    |--R. f. albicauda M03
                         |    |--R. f. albiscapa M03
                         |    |--R. f. alisteri M03
                         |    |--R. f. keasti M03
                         |    |--R. f. penitus Bangs 1911 R85
                         |    |--R. f. placabilis Bangs 1921 R85
                         |    `--R. f. preissi Cabanis 1851 [incl. R. flabellifera subphasiana Mathews 1912] WS48
                         `--R. rennelliana JT12

Rhipidura incertae sedis:
  R. bulgeri S13
  R. cervina M03
  R. dedemi JT12
  R. drownei JT12
  R. euryura JT12
  R. kubaryi JT12
  R. lepida USDI77
  R. maculipectus JT12
  R. malaitae JT12
  R. matthiae JT12
  R. nebulosa JT12
  R. opistherythra JT12
  R. personata JT12
  R. phoenicura JT12
  R. semirubra JT12
  R. superflua JT12

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1-281.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444-448.

[J06] Johnstone, R. E. 2006. The birds of Gag Island, Western Papuan islands, Indonesia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 23 (2): 115-132.

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[R85] Robertson, C. J. R. (ed.) 1985. Reader’s Digest Complete Book of New Zealand Birds. Reader’s Digest: Sydney.

[S13] Sarasin, F. 1913. Die Vögel Neu-Caledoniens und der Loyalty-Inseln. In Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonian und auf den Loyalty-Inseln. A. Zoologie vol. 1, Heft I (F. Sarasin & J. Roux, eds) pp. 1-78, pl. 1-3. C. W. Kreidels Verlag: Wiesbaden.

[SJ85] Storr, G. M., & R. E. Johnstone. 1985. Field Guide to the Birds of Western Australia 2nd ed. Western Australian Museum: Perth (Australia).

[USDI77] USDI (United States Department of the Interior). 1977. Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants - republication of list of species. Federal Register 42: 36420-36431.

[WS48] Whittell, H. M. & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1-126.

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