Family Crows (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Andaman Treepie (Dendrocitta bayleii)


Taxonomy

French: Témia des Andaman German: Andamanenbaumelster Spanish: Urraca de las Andamán
Taxonomy:

Dendrocitta bazlei

[sic] Tytler

, 1863,

Andaman Islands

.

Original description first used name “bazlei” but publisher’s corrigendum explicitly corrected this to “bayleii”; as all falls within same volume of same journal, the emendation stands#R. Species name sometimes erroneously given as bazlei, bayleyi, baileyi or baileii. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andaman Is.

Descriptive notes

32 cm; 92–113 g. Unmistakable small treepie, the smallest of genus, with large white wing patch and pale eyes; long, strongly graduated tail, central pair of feathers... read more

Voice

Poorly documented. Said to have repeated harsh alarm note, and metallic sound likened to "a coarse... read more

Habitat

Dense, humid evergreen forests, where it favours the largest trees.

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably omnivorous. Typically encountered in small parties, with as many as 12–20 in loose company... read more

Breeding

Eggs recorded Mar–May. Solitary breeder. Nest a rather flimsy structure of fine twigs and grasses, smaller and neater, more compact,... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Andaman Islands EBA. Not uncommon in suitable forest habitat. Transect surveys undertaken in 1993 and 1994... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2017). Andaman Treepie (Dendrocitta bayleii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60748 on 20 September 2017).