General Description

Upper body and head grey, throat with a white patch. Narrow white stripes on wing. Tail feathers long and grey with white edges. Eyebrow white. Easily recognised by its fanned tail. Body up to 17 cm long.

Biology

Grey Fantails are active birds, often flying to catch insects in mid-air. These birds will often seem to follow people, catching insects disturbed by their passage. They are usually seen with their tail fanned out. They build small, cup-shaped nests, usually in the forks of trees. The female lays two to five eggs which both she and the male will incubate. After hatching, both parents will feed the young. A pair will produce several broods each breeding season.

Distribution

Pacific Islands and New Guinea. Mainland Australia and Tasmania.

Habitat

Most treed areas.

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