Rhipidura Vigors & Horsf., Tr. L. 3., xv, p. 247 (1825). Type, K. albiscapa. Australia.
The genus Rhipidura is one containing many species which are found over a very great extent of country in the Oriental and Australasian Regions. It is represented in India by four species.
In this genus the bill is very large and about twice as long as it is broad at the base ; the rictal bristles are very numerous and long; the tail is longer than the wing, the rectrices broad and graduated; the sexes are alike or practically so.
Key to Species.
A. Forehead and sides of the crown broadly
white R. aureola, p. 277.
B. Forehead black; white supercilium small.
a. Abdomen black R. albicollis, p. 279:
b. Abdomen white or nearly so.
a1, Outer tail-feathers conspicuously and
abruptly tipped with white R. javanica, p. 281.
b1. Outer tail-feathers with inconspicuous
pale tips R, pectoralis, p. 282.