Chinese Blackbird

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Scientific Name: Turdus mandarinus

Malay Name: Murai-Belanda Hitam Cina

Chinese Name: 乌鸫

Range: Breeding and winter range includes China and northern Indochina.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: sowerbyi, mandarinus.

Size: 28-29 cm

Identification: As the name suggests, male is all black with orange-yellow bill and eyering; female is dark brown with slightly darker wings.

Habitat: Open habitat, inlcuding woodland, parks, grasslands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Prefers foraging on ground. Part of the family Turdidae that includes other more well-known thrushes in Singapore such as the Orange-headed Thrush and Eyebrowed Thrush.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

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Chinese Blackbird Turdus mandarinus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Early date 11 Feb 2020
Late date 16 Feb 2020
Breeding in central and eastern China, with some populations wintering in southern China, this species is a rare vagrant in southeast Asia.


BirdLife International. (2018). Turdus mandarinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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