Forest Wagtail

Scientific Name: Dendronanthus indicus
Malay Name: Pipit-Rimba
Chinese Name: 山鹡鸰

Breeds in eastern and northeastern China; winters to India and southeast Asia.


Size: 17-18 cm

A highly distinctive wagtail, unlikely to be confused with other species. Note its black triangular patch on upper breast (forming a "bib"), and crescent-shaped greyish-black markings on outer breast. Upperparts are olive-green with two broad whitish-yellow wing-bars.

Habitat: Forests, parkland, and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Join large roosts with other wagtails – this has traditionally been observed at Yishun along with large numbers of Grey Wagtails.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any location with suitable habitat, such as Central Catchment Nature Reserve, as well as in various wooded parks across Singapore on passage.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Dendronanthus indicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Tyler, S. (2020). Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus), Version 1.0 in del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds.), Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.