Rhipidura rufifrons

Guam Rufous Fantail
(Rhipidura rufifrons uraniae)

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Mariana Islands: Guam

local name:

Chichirika (Chamorro)

size: ca. 15 cm (length)

extinction date: extinct around 1985

The Rufous Fantail lives in Australia and New Guinea, some subspecies can be found on the Mariana Islands.

The subspecies that once lived on Guam is now extinct. The only endemic birds on Guam that survived until today are the Guam Rail (Gallirallus owstoni) and the Guam Kingfisher (Todiramphus c. cinnamomina). These two species could be saved in the 'last minute'. Now it is tried to breed them in captivity and bring them back to Guam resp. the neighboring island of Rota.


Guam Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons uraniae), nest

Photo from 'Occasional Papers of Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Honolulu, Bishop Museum Press, Vol. 1, 1898-1902'



- H. Douglas Pratt, Phillip L. Bruner, Delwyn G. Berrett: A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific. Princeton University Press 1987