Oriental Magpie-Robin

Common name: Oriental Magpie-Robin

Binomial name: Copsychus saularis

Description: A small 19cm Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers family), the male has black upperparts and head, with a white shoulder streak. Its underparts are mostly white. The female is greyish black above, and greyish white below.

Call: Sings a melodious series of rising and falling whistles from a high perch

Diet: Mainly insects

Habitat: Forest edges, scrubs, mangroves, parklands

Native countries: Southeast Asia, Indian subcontinent, south China

IUCN Conservation Red List: Least concern

Fun facts: It is the national bird of Bangladesh and even appears on currency notes. Has a habit of cocking its tail, especially when singing. It is a popular songbird trapped for pet trade. Avian malaria parasites have been isolated from the species.

2020. 1. 21 (Male) Keppel Discovery Wetlands, Botanic Gardens, Singapore
2020. 1. 21 (Female) Keppel Discovery Wetlands, Botanic Gardens, Singapore
2020. 3. 24 (Female) Botanic Gardens, Singapore
2019. 9. 11 MacRitchie Reservoir, Central Catchment Reserve, Singapore

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