Mangrove Whistler

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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)

Past records in our database:

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BirdLife International. (2016). Pachycephala cinerea. 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.

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