Scientific Name: Pachycephala cinerea
Malay Name: Murai-Siul Bakau
Chinese Name: 红树啸鹟
Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to South-East Asia,.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: cinerea, plateni.
Local Subspecies: cinerea
Size: 15.5-17 cm
Identification: 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)
BirdLife International. (2016). Pachycephala cinerea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22705440A94018952.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Mangrove Whistler. Retrieved on September 27, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/mangrove-whistler.