Anyone viewing Jeremiah Loei’s video clip would be intimidated by the fierce look of the adult Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica), especially when viewed head-on.
The pair of white supercilium that runs from the base of the bill and over the eye is extra thick, although the literature describes it as a thin line. As the fantail moves rapidly about, the supercilium at times appear like a pair of large eyes.
The broad band of white around the throat adds on to the illusion of a face larger than what it is.
All these must appear extra threatening to any potential predators.
Opinions are welcome.
Jeremiah Loei & YC Wee
9th July 2017
This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.