The rufous fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons) is a small Passerine bird, most commonly known also as the black-breasted rufous-fantail or rufous-fronted fantail, which can be found in Australia, Indonesia, New guinea and the Solomon Islands. In these countries they inhabit rainforests, wet forests, swamp woodlands and mangroves.

Characteristic of species that have a large range, the rufous fantail has many subspecies. However the taxonomic treatment of its subspecies and other relatives is still debated. The rufous fantail is easily distinguished by their orange-reddish-brown back, rump and base of tail. They have a black and white breast that grades into a white colour on the chin and throat.

They are migratory, travelling to south-eastern Australia in the spring to breed, and then north in the autumn.

The rufous fantail tends to feed on small insects in the lower parts of the canopy. They are very active birds making short, frequent flights. They may also hop between foliage or on the ground, during foraging.

Although their population is thought to be declining, their relatively large range and abundance make them a species of least concern according to the IUCN.
Rufous Fantail
Date Location Count
2019-10-12 06:37Daintree Village Boat Cruise1
2019-10-13 09:15Emu Creek at -17.37944, 144.953892
2019-10-16 09:20Mt Lewis1
2019-10-16 11:55Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge1
2019-10-14 14:03Pickford Rd at -16.91674, 145.387571
2019-10-14 14:04Pickford Rd between Mulligan Hwy and Mareeba Wetlands gate1
2019-10-21 09:55Jack Bethel Park, Mareeba1
2019-10-15 06:00Black Mountain Rd b.w 2nd and 3rd Bridges2
2019-10-14 07:30Cattana Wetlands1
2019-10-15 07:19Edmonds Close Park1
2019-10-13 14:04Etty Bay1
2019-10-15 09:41Pacton, Majors Creek (restricted access)1
2019-10-14 07:00Eungella National Park--Chelmans Road2
2019-10-17 14:27Crediton Hall1
2019-10-19 17:56Imburanu1
2019-10-19 08:25Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Gladstone1
2019-10-11 09:30Kalpowar State Forest--Lawson Road (2WD) at -24.68, 151.3352
2019-10-17 15:10Lake Broadwater Conservation Park--Wilga Bush Camping Area1
2019-10-17 06:45Bunya Mountains National Park3
2019-10-21 14:12Cowra Japanese Garden1
2019-10-18 07:39Highfields Falls5
2019-10-08 16:07Highgate Rd, Preston1
2019-10-13 07:09Redwood Park (Redwood)2
2019-10-09 07:40Imbil State Forest1
2019-10-21 13:44Conondale National Park--Charlie Moreland Park4
2019-10-20 08:57Tin Can Bay Golf Course1
2019-10-20 11:33Bullock Point Rd1
2019-10-11 07:25Kempwood Cottage (restricted access)1
2019-10-12 09:45Great Sandy National Park--Bymien Picnic Area6
2019-10-17 09:07Great Sandy National Park--Bymien-Lake Poona Track3
2019-10-14 08:30Berganns Lane, Witta2
2019-10-09 07:00Kureelpa Falls Track2
2019-10-13 12:15Obi Obi Creek and Boardwalk, Maleny1
2019-10-08 08:02Maleny Golf Course2
2019-10-14 14:23Stanley River, Commissioner's Flat Rd1
2019-10-21 05:52Mary Cairncross Reserve4
2019-10-15 16:20Coolum Industrial Park--Bittern Pond1
2019-10-13 08:46Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary5
2019-10-09 07:49Maroochy Botanic Gardens1
2019-10-14 09:15Dayboro--Juff's Crossing1
2019-10-10 17:35D'Aguilar National Park--Greenes Falls1
2019-10-18 10:43Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park4
2019-10-19 06:08Lake Samsonvale--Postmans Track1
2019-10-08 10:25Boombana Pitta Circuit including fig with boardwalk1
2019-10-19 07:14D'Aguilar National Park--Boombana5
2019-10-19 06:45Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane (some areas restricted access)3
2019-10-13 16:12Kholo Enviroplan Reserve (Cameron's Scrub) (restricted access)4
2019-10-09 09:23D'Aguilar National Park--Thylogale Track2
2019-10-21 07:10Cumberland Rd, Wights Mountain (restricted access)1
2019-10-20 07:10Dip Road Recreational Trail1
2019-10-19 06:4060 Maskell Ct, Draper (restricted access)1
2019-10-15 06:30Four Mile Creek Reserve (Cashmere)2
2019-10-18 14:45Old Rail track (Lanita Road, Ferny Grove)1
2019-10-12 09:30Gold Creek Reservoir1
2019-10-17 07:03Brisbane Forest Park--Bellbird Grove1
2019-10-20 06:45Moggill Regional Park--Mill Rd4
2019-10-21 06:01Ross Road Parkland (Upper Kedron)1
2019-10-18 08:29Bunya Crossing Reserve1
2019-10-16 06:25Nature Refuge Hawkesbury Road1
2019-10-19 11:02Deception Bay, Webster Rd1
2019-10-15 08:00Bribie Island
2019-10-07 16:29Mt Clunie Cabins2
2019-10-19 07:33Mt Coot-tha Reserve--Gap Creek Reserve1
2019-10-09 06:27Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve6
2019-10-20 06:13Cabbage Tree Creek (Aspley)2
2019-10-18 14:34Mt Coot-tha Reserve--JC Slaughter Falls5
2019-10-19 08:49Clontarf Environment Reserve (Frost Street, Clontarf)1
2019-10-20 05:10Banks Street Reserve1
2019-10-20 09:25Red Beach Rd to Buckleys Hole via Beach1
2019-10-20 08:05Buckleys Hole Conservation Park--Red Beach Rd3
2019-10-20 08:00Buckleys Hole Conservation Park1
2019-10-20 06:02Oxley Creek Common2
2019-10-15 14:57Tabbil-ban dhagun Boardwalk1
2019-10-19 05:10Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve1
2019-10-20 06:49Sandy Camp Road Wetlands2
2019-10-14 07:40Lytton Wader Roost and Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk1
2019-10-20 07:20Karawatha Forest1
2019-10-13 06:00Eprapah Creek via Sewage Treatment Plant1
2019-10-13 05:50Eagleby Wetlands2
2019-10-08 13:55O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat--Centenary Track5
2019-10-17 06:00O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat2
2019-10-21 06:00Lamington National Park4
2019-10-19 08:30Lamington National Park--Box Forest at -28.24199, 153.151538
2019-10-20 16:06Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)1
2019-10-18 09:02Emerald Lakes Wetland, S pond (Carrara)1
2019-10-13 14:35Springbrook National Park--Goomoolahra Picnic Area6
2019-10-16 07:15Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve1
2019-10-14 10:50Pottsville Wetland--Trig Point Bird Survey Site1
2019-10-13 05:55Copeland Tops State Conservation Area--Hidden Treasure Walk1
2019-10-17 06:41Emerys Road, Illaroo at -34.83729, 150.4943031
2019-10-18 10:17160 Emerys Rd, Tapitallee (restricted access)1
2019-10-18 06:20Ourimbah State Forest
2019-10-10 10:36Terrys Creek Parklands1
2019-10-20 12:54Iluka3
2019-10-19 06:39Iluka Nature Reserve10
2019-10-20 09:45Blackbutt Creek Reserve, Gordon1
2019-10-09 09:15Lane Cove National Park--Valley Walk1
2019-10-21 09:10Bendthualaly, Bellawongarah (private property)2
2019-10-16 08:26Mount Keira1
2019-10-20 14:14Katandra Reserve, Matcham1
2019-10-09 07:44Ash Island1
2019-10-18 09:30Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens1
2019-10-18 10:57Green Point Foreshore Reserve, Valentine4
2019-10-15 07:00Royal National Park2
2019-10-20 08:06Korrungulla Wetlands, Primbee1
2019-10-11 16:48Glenrock State Conservation Area2
2019-10-11 09:00Comerong Island Nature Reserve1
2019-10-13 07:19Huntingdon1
2019-10-10 08:13Boyters Lane, Jerseyville2
2019-10-16 08:24Mud Bishops Point Reserve2