Scientific Name: Surniculus lugubris
Malay Name: Sewah Sawai Biasa
Chinese Name: 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
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.
Behaviour/Ecology: 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 (BirdLife International 2016)
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.
BirdLife International. (2016). Surniculus lugubris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.