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Pied Fantail

Pied Fantail
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-01 0:36
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Pied Fantail
Size: 18 cm

A small size; dark plumage; long broad tail which it often fans out. Genders look alike. Adult has a narrow black breast band contrasting with white throat and whitish belly. Upper-parts dark/slaty grey; tail black tipped with white; eyebrow white. Female has a rusty brown rump, upper tail coverts and wings; breast band smaller and blotched with white.

Described as various churrs, chattering, whistles and squeaks; kree-chak . A common call is a long drawn out wheee-feeouul.

Pied Fantails are most frequently found in mangroves. But they can also be seen in other habitats with lots of undergrowth and insects. These include scrub and cultivated areas (gardens, plantations). They are not seen in deep forests where there is insufficient undergrowth.

Common resident breeder throughout the island and North and South offshore islands.

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