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)
- Bird List Revision for March 2020 (Revisions)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Chinese Blackbird Turdus mandarinus Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
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
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Chinese Blackbird. Retrieved on December 10, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/chinese-blackbird.