Mangrove Whistler

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)

Location: Southern Islands, especially Pulau Hantu Besar and Pulau Semakau, Changi reclaimed land, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Pulau Tekong and Pulau Ubin. Last seen at Changi reclaimed land on 31 January 2015.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Pachycephala cinerea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.