Oriental Magpie-Robin

Scientific Name: Copsychus saularis

Malay Name: Murai-Kampung Biasa

Chinese Name: 鹊鸲

Range: Found from Indian subcontinent, China to Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: 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.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages in trees as well as on the ground where it hops with tail raised.

Local Status: Common resident and common introduced resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2021)

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.


BirdLife International. (2021). Copsychus saularis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T103893432A183088183.en. 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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