Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Collared Treepie (Dendrocitta frontalis)


French: Témia masquée German: Maskenbaumelster Spanish: Urraca acollarada

Dendrocitta frontalis


, 1840,

Assam, India


Birds from N Vietnam (Tonkin) described as race kurodae, but differences from birds in rest of range appear minimal. Monotypic.


E Himalayas in Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh and E Assam), N Myanmar, S China (extreme SE Xizang and W Yunnan), and apparently isolated population in N Vietnam (N Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

38 cm; c. 100 g. Richly coloured little treepie with chestnut rear body and uniformly black long, strongly graduated tail, central pair of feathers considerably longer than... read more


Poorly documented. Said to have variety of typical treepie vocalizations, some quite musical,... read more


Humid evergreen foothill forests, preferably with extensive stands of bamboo. From foothills to... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous, primarily carnivorous. Prey items include variety of invertebrates and their larvae, also small vertebrates such as small... read more


Season Apr–Jul. Solitary breeder. Nest smaller and neater, more compact, than that of D. formosae, lined with fern rootlets... read more


Sedentary, as far as is known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known; rare to locally fairly common. Local in Bhutan; parties of up to 20 individuals located in Namning area of EC Bhutan in 1991.... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2020). Collared Treepie (Dendrocitta frontalis). 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 25 January 2020).