Chinese Blackbird

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

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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References:
BirdLife International. (2018). Turdus mandarinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T103888237A132201482.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021