Large Woodshrike

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

Scientific Name: Tephrodornis virgatus

Malay Name: Rembah-Rimba Besar

Chinese Name: 钩嘴林鵙

Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia (excluding Philippines)

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: pelvicus, jugans, verneyi, annectens, fretensis, virgatus, frenatus, mekongensis, hainanus, latouchei.

Local Subspecies: fretensis

Size: 18.5-22.5 cm

Identification: Male has uniform slaty-grey upperparts with contrasting whitish underparts, strong bill, broad blackish eye line and whitish rump-band. Female resembles male but has browner upperparts and eye line. Juvenile is browner than female and has whitish shafts, tips and bars on upperparts.

Similar looking species: Brown Shrike

Habitat: Broadleaved forest, forest edge, secondary growth and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the canopy in small flocks.

Local Status: Former resident and very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


BirdLife International. (2016). Tephrodornis virgatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

To top