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Birds of Thailand

Species of Thailand

White-browed fantail

Thai: นกอีแพรดคิ้วขาว, nok e-phaed khiw khaaw

Binomial name: Rhipidura aureola, Rene Primevere Lesson, 1830

The white-browed fantail (Rhipidura aureola) is a small passerine bird.

The white-browed fantail breeds across tropical regions of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species ranges from India east to Vietnam, also being seen in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. This Old World flycatcher species is found in forest and other woodland. Three eggs are laid in a small cup nest in a tree.


The adult white-browed fantail is about 18 cm long. It has dark brown upperparts, with white spots on the wings, and whitish underparts. The fan-shaped tail is edged in white, and the long white supercilia meet on the forehead. The throat and eyemask are blackish and border whitish moustachial stripes.

The white-browed fantail is insectivorous, and often fans its tail as it moves through the undergrowth.

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Scientific classification

Rhipidura aureola

Common names

  • Thai: นกอีแพรดคิ้วขาว, nok e-phaed khiw khaaw

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of White-browed fantail, Rhipidura aureola in Thailand

Range map of Rhipidura aureola in Thailand

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