Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike

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Scientific Name: Hemipus hirundinaceus
Malay Name: Rembah Sayap Hitam
Chinese Name: 黑翅鹟鵙

Breeding Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo.


Size: 13.5-14.5 cm

Similar to Pied Triller but easily separated by smaller size and lack of white wing-patch and supercilium. Male has uniform black upperparts and white underparts. Female has browner upperparts. Juvenile resembles female and has browner wash across upper breast.

Similar looking species: Pied Triller

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, freshwater swamp forest and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Flies short sorties to snap prey out of the air and returning to the same, typically exposed perch.

Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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Past accepted records in our database:

BirdLife International. (2016). Hemipus hirundinaceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.