Oriental Magpie-Robin (Copsychus saularis) | Avelgood Apps

This species is 19 cm (7.5 in) long, including the long tail that is usually held cocked upright. The Oriental Magpie-Robin is similar in shape to the smaller European Robin, but is longer-tailed. The male has black upperparts, head and throat apart from a white shoulder patch. The underparts and the sides of the long tail are white. Females are greyish black above and greyish white. Young birds have scaly brown upperparts and head.

Habitat and Distribution

This magpie-robin is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from Bangladesh, interior India, Sri Lanka and eastern Pakistan east to Indonesia, Thailand, south China, Malaysia, and Singapore. They have been introduced to Australia. The Oriental Magpie-Robin is found in open woodland, cultivated areas often close to human habitations.


These birds usually catch insects in mid-air and take it to a perch to consume it. They also prey on ants by hopping on the ground.These insectivore birds are also take geckos,fish, leeches and centipedes.


Magpie Robins breed mainly from March to July in India and January to June in south-east Asia. They nest in tree hollows or niches in walls or building or artificial nesting areas like nest boxes. Four or five eggs are laid in intervals of 24 hours and these are oval and usually pale blue green with brownish speckles which match the color of hay. Incubation is by the female and takes 8 to 14 days. The nests have a characteristic odour.

Calls and Songs

Their typical mobbing call is a harsh hissing krshhh.

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