Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Bornean Treepie (Dendrocitta cinerascens)


French: Témia de Bornéo German: Borneobaumelster Spanish: Urraca de Borneo

Dendrocitta cinerascens


, 1879,

Mount Kinabalu, northern Borneo


See D. occipitalis. Monotypic.


Mountains of N & C Borneo; recently found in Meratus Mts#R.

Descriptive notes

40 cm; c. 125 g. Distinctive treepie with mostly pale face and throat, long, strongly graduated tail, central feather pair broadening somewhat towards tip (but a little... read more


Variety of typical treepie squawks, bell-like clangs, and other metallic and musical notes (which... read more


Hill and mountain forests, both primary and secondary; especially scrub-jungle, bamboo thickets,... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous, primarily carnivorous. Prey items include large variety of invertebrates and their larvae, such as grasshoppers (Orthoptera),... read more


Little information. Eggs found early Jan to mid-Mar. Believed to be solitary breeder. Nest a shallow construction of fine twigs, cup lined... read more



Status and conservation

Not assessed. Probably not globally threatened. Seems to be generally common and widespread throughout range in N & C Borneo. Oddly, is absent from hill forests of the... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2020). Bornean Treepie (Dendrocitta cinerascens). 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 on 24 February 2020).