IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

Distribution

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Range Description

Rhipidura personata is endemic to Kadavu and the satellite island of Ono, Fiji. Recent surveys found this species to be fairly common in native forests, with 36 birds recorded (mostly calling males) in 23.5 hours at a mixed lowland and montane site and 13 birds in 15 hours at a montane site. Estimating an average pace of 1 km/hour and an effective detection distance of 25 m each side of the trail suggests that around 31 and 17 birds were detected per km2 at these sites. The area of dense and medium-dense forest on Kadavu is around 225 km2, suggesting that the total population falls in the band 2,500-10,000 birds (G. Dutson in litt. 2005). The species also occurs on the island of Ono which probably constitutes second sub-population as fantails rarely cross the sea, totaling about 5% of the total population. This species is probably declining at the rate of forest loss and degradation on Kadavu, which is estimated to be 0.5-0.8% per year across Fiji (Claasen 1991), but is probably higher on Kadavu which has suffered extensive fires in recent years (G. Dutson in litt. 2005).

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