Family Crows (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Malay Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus)


Taxonomy

French: Platysmure à ailes blanches German: Malaienrabenhäher Spanish: Urraca negra malaya
Taxonomy:

Glaucopis leucopterus

Temminck

, 1824,

Sumatra

.

Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. aterrimus (see below). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Malay Peninsula S from extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and S Thailand, Bintan (in Riau Archipelago), Sumatra, Bangka I and Belitung I.

Descriptive notes

39–41 cm; 178–182 g. Rather heavily built, black "jay" with moderately long and broad tail strongly graduated, rather short but stout bill with curved... read more

Voice

Rather noisy, voice often first clue to bird's whereabouts; possibly some geographical... read more

Habitat

Lowland forest, to 200 m in Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand, and to 800 m on Sumatra, thus chiefly... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous. Few details of diet, but species known to be fond of caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera), and doubtless takes a... read more

Breeding

Poorly studied. Season Dec and Feb-­May in Malay Peninsula; eggs reported in Jun in Borneo. Solitary breeder. Nest a relatively large... read more

Movements

Sedentary, as far as is known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Uncommon throughout range; extinct in Singapore. Reliance on lowland forest makes this species vulnerable to... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S. (2017). Malay Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus). 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/60690 on 20 September 2017).