Chichirika/Naabak: Guam subspecies is extinct
Scientific Name: Rhipodura rufifrons uraniae (Family RHIPIDURIDAE)
Common Name: Rufous-fronted Fantail
Chamorro Name: Chichirika/Naabak
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Habitats and Natural History: Limestone forest understory is their home. Pairs of fantails produce two nests of young a year. The nests, composed of grass and leaves glued together with spider webs, are found in trees about ten feet off the ground.
Description: A tiny (six inches or fifteen centimeters) brown bird with a long tail the Rufous-frontd fantail gets it name from the bright rusty/red/brown (rufous) colored feathers on the lower back and base of the tail. They have a rusty forehead and a black spotted breast. It feeds on small insects which it actively chases on the wing, a behavior called hawking.
Range: The Rufous-fronted Fantail is widely distributed from the Marianas Islands to Australia. In Micronesia there are four distinct subspecies which occur separately on Yap; Guam; Saipan, Tinian and Agiguan in the Northern Marianas.
Current Status: The Guam subspecies is extinct from the island. It was last seen around 1984. It is considered an endangered species by the Government of Guam.
Threats: The major threats to the Rufous-fronted fantail are habitat destruction and predation by the brown treesnake.