Scientific Name: Copsychus saularis
Malay Name: Murai-Kampung Biasa
Chinese Name: 鹊鸲
Found from Indian subcontinent, China to Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: saularis, ceylonensis, andamanensis, musicus, amoenus, adamsi, pluto
Local Subspecies: musicus
Size: 19-21 cm
Identification: Male has glossy blackish head, upperparts and upper breast, white lower breast to vent and broad white wing-stripe. Female resembles male but black plumage replaced by dark grey. Juvenile resembles female but has dark greyish scales at upper breast.
Similar looking species: White-rumped Shama
Habitat: Forest edge, gardens, parks, wooded areas and mangroves.
Behavior/Ecology: Forages in trees as well as on the ground where it hops with tail raised.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Japanese Garden, Jurong Eco Garden, Pulau Ubin, Lorong Halus, Tampines Eco Green, Sungei Buloh any patch of suitable habitat.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia