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
Identification: 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.
Behavior/Ecology: Forages mainly on the ground amongst leaf litter.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Central Catchment Forest, Venus Drive, Lower Pierce Boardwalk, Hindhede Nature Park, Bidadari, Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia