Scientific Name: Pachycephala cinerea
Malay Name: Murai-Siul Bakau
Chinese Name: 红树啸鹟
Found from the Indian subcontinent to South-East Asia,.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: cinerea, plateni.
Local Subspecies: cinerea
Size: 15.5-17 cm
Told apart from other similarly sized flycatchers by thick black bill, no obvious head/wing markings or rufous tones in plumage. Drab brown upperparts with slaty grey crown, white underparts with duller throat and greyish washed breast. Song is distinct.
Habitat: Mangroves and adjacent coastal vegetation. Also local plantations and wooded gardens, island forest, local freshwater swamp forest and similar vegetation inland.
Behaviour/Ecology: Unobtrusive and rather inactive. Sits still for long period amongst foliage.
Local Status: Rare resident.
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Past accepted records in our database: (not a complete listing)
BirdLife International. (2016). Pachycephala cinerea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.