Sulawesi Fantail Rhipidura teysmanni

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An active rufous-colored songbird with a long tail that is regularly cocked and fanned. Has a brown upperside, a rufous-washed wing, and a largely rufous tail with a bold darker terminal band. Head is brown with a conspicuous white throat and a rich rufous brow. Note the black chest patch and pale belly. Singles and pairs can be found at middle to upper levels of montane forest, often in mixed-species flocks. Confined to Sulawesi. Unmistakable: the only fantail on Sulawesi. Song is a sequence of high-pitched, rapidly descending notes, “WIT--wit-dee-dee-de-doo-doo.” Calls include a sharp, shrill “tzip” and “tchew.”

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