Yellow-bellied Fantail

Rhipidura hypoxantha

16th Jan, 2007

Full Species (monotypic); i.e. no subspecies/races

Renuka Lake, Himachal Pradesh, India, 25th Dec, 2005.
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This pretty little Fantail is found in Nepal, Sikhim and Bootan. It affects high altitudes, being found near Darjeeling, from 6,000 to 8,000 feet and upwards. It frequents the skirts of large woods and low trees by the road-sides, either in pairs or small flocks; is very active and lively, making short sallies after insects with a low pleasant twitter. I had the nest brought me, but after the young had flown. It is an exceedingly neat, deep cup-shaped nest, made of moss, lichen, hairs and wool, well carded into a compact structure.

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