Our Grey Fantail is mid grey-brown above, lighter yellowish below, with a white throat, white markings over the eye, and white-edged tail feathers. It grows to 16 cm (6.3 in) in length, of which half is the tail, which, as the name implies, is often displayed fanned out. This reveals that the outer tail feathers that are light and the centre ones are dark.
We love watching these birds as during their waking hours the bird is almost never still. It flits from perch to perch, often on the ground on the twigs of a tree or any other convenient object, looking out for flying insects. The birds are not shy, and will often flit within a few metres of us, sitting on the balcony rail. They love catching insects that have been disturbed by our bandicoots. They seem like such happy birds.