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
- Bird List Revision for March 2020 (Revisions)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Chinese Blackbird)
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 1 January 2023
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Chinese Blackbird. Retrieved on March 19, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/chinese-blackbird.