Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Streaked Fantail (Rhipidura verreauxi) - HBW 11, p. 226

French: Rhipidure tacheté German: Fleckenfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico Moteado
Other common names: Spotted Fantail(!)

Taxonomy: Rhipidura verreauxi Marie, 1870, New Caledonia.
Forms a superspecies with R. drownei, R. tenebrosa, R. rennelliana, R. personata and R. nebulosa. Race spilodera has normally been treated as the nominate form, but recent investigation suggests that “verreauxi” probably takes priority. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • spilodera G. R. Gray, 1870 - Banks Is and N & C Vanuatu (S to Éfaté).
  • verreauxi Marie, 1870 - New Caledonia and Loyalty Is (Lifou, Maré).
  • layardi Salvadori, 1877 - W Fiji Is (Viti Levu, Ovalau).

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  • spilodera G. R. Gray, 1870 - Banks Is and N & C Vanuatu (S to Éfaté).
  • verreauxi Marie, 1870 - New Caledonia and Loyalty Is (Lifou, Maré).
  • layardi Salvadori, 1877 - W Fiji Is (Viti Levu, Ovalau).
  • erythronota Sharpe, 1879 - N Fiji (Vanua Levu and neighbouring islands).
  • rufilateralis Sharpe, 1879 - Taveuni, in N Fiji Is.