Scientific Name: Copsychus malabaricus
Malay Name: Murai-Hutan Biasa
Chinese Name: 白腰鹊鸲
Found from Indian subcontinent, southern China to Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: malabaricus, leggei, macrourus, tricolor, melanurus, mirabilis, nigricauda, suavis.
Local Subspecies: tricolor
Size: 21.5-28 cm
Male has glossy blue-black head, upperparts and upper breast, orange-rufous rest of underparts, conspicuous white rump and long blackish tail. Female resembles male but blue-black plumage replaced by dark grey and has shorter tail. Juvenile resembles female but has buff speckles on upperparts and dark scales at throat and upper breast.
Similar looking species: Oriental Magpie-Robin
Habitat: Forest, forest edge and wooded areas.
Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mainly on the ground amongst leaf litter.
Local Status: Uncommon resident, though genomic analyses have shown that populations on Singapore island are primarily derived from captive birds.
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2021)
Location: Central Catchment Forest, Venus Drive, Lower Pierce Boardwalk, Hindhede Nature Park, Bidadari, Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong.
BirdLife International. (2021). Kittacincla malabarica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T103894856A183077961.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.