Common Iora

Scientific Name: Aegithina tiphia
Malay Name: Kunyit-Kecil Biasa
Chinese Name: 黑翅雀鹎

Breeding Range: (OR) widespread

Polytypic. Subspecies are: multicolor, deignani, humei, tiphia, septentrionalis, philipi, cambodiana, horizoptera, scapularis, viridis, aequanimis.

Local Subspecies: horizoptera

Size: 12-14.5 cm

Breeding plumage in male; black cap, wings and tail. Underparts lemon-yellow. Two striking white wing bars present. Upperparts generally black but flecked with some yellow. Female plumage lacks black cap and upperparts of breeding male and is instead yellowish green in these areas, underparts lemon-yellow, wings black with white edging to feathers. Non-breeding males are similar to females apart from more black on wings and retaining the black on uppertail coverts and tail. 

Habitat: Favour open wooded habitat. Seen in most parks, not seen in closed forest. 

Behaviour/Ecology: Prefers foraging for insects at higher levels of the canopy, often seen search on the undersides of leaves for prey

Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)



External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Aegithina tiphia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
BirdLife International. (2016). Aegithina tiphiaThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 24 October 2021.
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.