Bird Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)

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Scientific name: Rhipidura albiscapa

Common Name: Grey Fantail

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Dicruridae

Other Names: N/A

Distribution: Widespread and found throughout Australia. 8 subspecies recognised, 4 in Australia.

Habitat: Forest, woodland, parks and gardens.

Field Notes: Grey above with a white eyebrow, throat & tail edges.

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I know when these delightful little birds show up near my place, that winter is not far away.
 

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...and here they are. This is the subspecies found in SEQld R. a. alisteri
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The Grey Fantail is one of the few birds that exploits the entire habitat from low ground level to 12 metres or more in the upper canopy of eucalypts where it hawks for insects. Personal observation.

Thanks for reading. Euge
 

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... and they have showed up again about 10 days earlier than last year (see above), cool weather on the way.
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Browsing my Morcombe eBook (Android app) the other day, I noticed the Grey Fantail had been reclassified.
Further investigation led me to discover the name Rhipidura fuliginosa now refers to the original NZ Fantail, with the Australian being named R. albiscapa (previously the name of the Tas subspecies).
And what you have there in SEQ is the R. albiscapa alisteri.

More info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Fantail
 

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Thanks Redtail, I have edited the OP. The missing pic was probably the Tas sub species R. a. albiscapa.
 

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Cool weather on the way again, heard my first Greyfantail for the season today.
 
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