Cornwall Park

CORNWALL PARK

Fantail

FANTAIL

Piwakawaka (Rhipidura fulginosa)

General

Small friendly bird, they are very mobile and have erratic flying patterns. Fantails often follow people and animals as they walk, finding disturbed insects. They also use their broad fan-like tails to change direction quickly while hunting.

Description

Fantail is a pied colour, black on top with white eyebrows, buff underside and white amongst its fan-like tail.

Distribution

In Cornwall Park they are common around Huia Lodge and the kauri tree groves. One of the most common and widely distributed native birds, they have adapted extremely well to a human modified environment.

Food

Fantails are insectivorous, feeding on moths, flies and spiders.

Voice

Commonly you will hear a sharp 'cheet'. Males have a territorial 'tweet-a-tweet-a-tweet' call.

Fantail Locations

Fantails in Cornwall Park

See a map of the common locations Fantails are found.

Cornwall Birds