Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus atterimus)

The Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus) is a species of bird in the Corvidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Platysmurus. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. (Source: Wikipedia)

Hooded Treepie (Crypsirina cucullata)

The Hooded Treepie (Crypsirina cucullata) is a species of bird in the Corvidae family. It is endemic to Burma.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

It has grey plumage apart from black head, tail and flight feathers.

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Racket-tailed Treepie (Crypsirina temia)

The Black Racket-tailed Treepie (Crypsirina temia) is an Asian treepie, a member of the Corvidae (crow) family.

It has a velvety-black forehead of short, plush black feathers with the rest of the bird being an oily green colour, though appearing black in dim light. The tail feathers which in this species are long and broaden at the tail’s end are black also with a greenish tinge, as are the wings. The iris of the bird is a turquoise-blue darkening towards the pupil to a very deep or near black. The bill, legs and feet are black.

This bird occurs in southern Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Indo-China, Sumatra, Java and Bali in scrub and secondary growth, open fields and gardens, bamboo thickets and open forest often near villages.

It almost always feeds in trees (arboreal) never feeding from the ground though coming down to bathe on occasion. It moves through the trees with great agility and uses its remarkable tail as a balancing organ. It eats mainly insects and fruit.

A cup shaped nest is built in bamboo or shrubs especially thorny ones often surrounded by open grassy areas and normally lays 2–4 eggs.

The voice is usually described as harsh and unattractive. It has several described calls but a whining call is often heard.

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Rufous Treepie

The Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is an Asian treepie, a member of the Corvidae (crow) family.


It is slightly smaller than the European Magpie (Pica pica) and has somewhat shorter, more rounded wings and a proportionately longer tail. The bill is shorter and thicker too, and slightly downcurved, and the legs are shorter. The head, neck and breast are a deep slate-grey colour, sometimes slightly brownish.

The underparts and lower back are a warm tawny-brown to orange-brown in colour with white wing coverts and black primaries. The tail is a light bluish-grey with a thick black band on the tip. The bill, legs and feet are black.

The range of this species is quite large, covering all of India up to the Himalayas, and southeasterly in a broad band into Burma (Myanmar), Laos, and Thailand in open forest consisting of scrub, plantations and gardens.

This is a typically arboreal species feeding almost completely in trees on fruits, invertebrates, small reptiles and the eggs and young of birds; it has also been known to take flesh from recently killed carcasses. It is extremely agile while searching for food, clinging and clambering through the branches and will sometimes travel in small mixed hunting parties with unrelated species such as drongos and babblers.

The nest is built in trees and bushes and is usually quite shallow. There are usually 3-5 eggs laid.

This species has a variety of calls, but a bob-o-link call is the commonest along with a variety of harsh calls.


Grey Treepie

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The Grey Treepie, also known as the Himalayan Treepie, (Dendrocitta formosae) is an Asian treepie, a medium sized perching bird of the Corvidae (crow) family.

It is about the size of the Eurasian Jay or slightly smaller with a jet black stripe above the eyes and a sooty black face. The rest of the neck and breast is a sooty grey becoming paler towards the lower belly and rump and the top of the head and nape are silvery-grey. The wing primaries are black with a white spot near the base at the wing coverts, and the tail is relatively short and also black, as are bill, legs and feet.

This bird covers quite a large geographical area and consequently has several recognised regional forms that differ slightly from one another for instance in colour and tail length.

It ranges from north eastern India, Nepal, Assam, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, southern China, Taiwan (to which the nominate subspecies is endemic to) and Indochina. Forests and wooded hills or mountains are its usual haunt, and it is quite often found in areas of hill terrace cultivation.

This treepie is mostly an arboreal feeder but will take some food from the ground especially in cultivated regions. A wide range of insects and other invertebrates are taken including berries, nectar, grain and other seeds and also small reptiles, eggs and nestlings. It sometimes travels in feeding parties with Laughingthrushes (Garrulax species).

The nest is quite shallow and lightly built in trees and bushes or clumps of bamboo with 3-4 eggs per clutch.

The voice is described as harsh and grating, but like other species is quite varied and includes a grating k-r-r-r-r sound as well as more melodious notes.


Bornean Treepie (Dendrocitta cinerascens)

The Bornean Treepie (Dendrocitta cinerascens) is a passerine bird belonging to the Dendrocitta genus of treepies in the crow family, Corvidae. It is endemic to the island of Borneo in South-east Asia. It is sometimes treated as a subspecies of the Sumatran Treepie (D. occipitalis).


It is a fairly large bird, 40 centimetres in length, with a long graduated tail, broad rounded wings and short weak legs. The underparts are pinkish-brown. The head is also pinkish-brown with a pale silver crown and a dark stripe over the eye and across the forehead. The back is greyish and the rump is pale. The wings are black with a white patch and the tail is grey with black tips to the feathers. The bill and legs are grey-black and the eyes are reddish. The Sumatran Treepie differs in having a pale brown back, a dark brown head with a white nape and a thinner bill.

The Bornean Treepie is a noisy bird with a variety of loud, explosive calls including a bell-like whistle and various grunting and chattering calls. It is able to mimic the calls of other birds.


It is fairly common in most mountain ranges in the northern and central parts of Borneo. It mainly occurs between 300 and 2,800 metres above sea-level, being most common in valleys and foothills at the lower end of that range. It inhabits forest, forest edge, bamboo thickets and scrubland and is sometimes seen in cultivated areas. It forages in the tree canopy, alone or in small groups, searching for small fruit, seeds and large insects such as beetles and cockroaches. It can become tame, visiting villages to feed on scraps.

Little is known about its breeding habits. The nest is shallow, built of fine twigs and placed in a low tree. The eggs are greenish-white with brown markings concentrated in a ring at the wider end.


White-bellied Treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra)

The white of the head and body separate it from the sympatric Rufous Treepie. This tends to be found in more dense forest and is less associated with humans than the Rufous Treepie.


The species is often seen bowing and lowering its wings as it calls. Several birds may arrive at one tree and call repeatedly during the pre-monsoon breeding season (April-May). The nest is a platform of twigs on a medium sized tree. Three eggs are laid, ashy grey with green and grey blotches.

Listen to its call here.

It is associated with mixed-species foraging flocks and is often associated with Greater Racket-tailed Drongos.


It is found in the forests of the Western Ghats south of Goa. A record from Erimalai near Dharmapuri marks the eastern limit of the species in southern India. It has been reported from the Surat Dangs and the southeastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh while a record from central India has been questioned.