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, ngae, 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.
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
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.