Scientific Name: Surniculus lugubris
Malay Name: Sewah-Sawai Biasa
Chinese Name: 方尾乌鹃
Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia with the northern populations wintering south to Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: barussarum, brachyurus, lugubris
Local Subspecies: brachyurus
Size: 24.5 cm
Identification: Adult has glossy black overall plumage, slender, slightly downcurved bill and square-cut to slightly forked tail with white barrings on vent and undertail coverts. Juvenile resembles adult but is somewhat browner and has prominent white spots on body and wing-coverts.
Similar looking species: Crow-billed Drongo
Habitat: The resident species are confined mainly to forest and forest edge but migrants can also be found in mangroves, parks and gardens.
Ecology/Behaviour: Known to brood parasite on Pin-striped Tit-Babbler and Olive-winged Bulbul in Singapore.
Local Status: Uncommon resident and migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Central Catchment Forest, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore Botanic Gardens, former Bidadari Cemetery, Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Pasir Ris Park, Jurong Eco Garden, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Neo Tiew Lane 2.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore