Malayan Black Magpie

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

Scientific Name: Platysmurus leucopterus

Malay Name: Burung-Kambing Barat

Chinese Name: 白翅鹊

Range: Breeding Range: (OR) Malay Pen., Sumatra.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.


Identification: All black with band of white along greater coverts and tertials. Long, broad tail.

Habitat: Forest edge of mature or well-grown secondary growth.

Behaviour/Ecology: Often found foraging at upper or mid-canopy level. Presence often given away by raucous, distinctive call.

Local Status: 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). Platysmurus leucopterus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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