Malayan Black Magpie

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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:

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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.