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
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: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)
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. (2017). Copsychus saularis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.