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: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018

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