Grey Fantail

Rhipidura albiscapa

Grey Fantails are common inhabitants of woodland and forest, where they are easily seen hawking for insects not far above the ground. Their call is high-pitched, like a squeaky violin. They are inquisitive and will readily approach humans with a characteristic flutter and may even follow people for short distances. They are present throughout the year, with numbers higher in autumn and spring. Grey Fantail numbers  gradually increased over the first 17 years of the survey, but over the last 10 years have dropped to their original levels and are still falling. Twenty-six breeding records include nesting beginning in October but most are  of dependent young from January to early March. R=19. BR=34.