Malayan Black Magpie

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Scientific Name: Platysmurus leucopterus
Malay Name: Burung-Kambing Barat
Chinese Name: 白翅鹊

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



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 non-breeding visitor.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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Past accepted records in our database:

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.