Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike

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)

Location: Sighted at Central Catchment Forest (Jelutong Tower) on 12 Feb 2013, 23 August 2013 and 20 January 2018 and at Pulau Ubin (Chek Jawa) on 28 June 2015.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Hemipus hirundinaceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.