Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Hooded Treepie (Crypsirina cucullata)


French: Témia à collier German: Kapuzenbaumelster Spanish: Urraca encapuchada

Crypsirina (Temia) cucullata


, 1862,

Thayetmyo, Myanmar




Lowlands of C & S Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

29–31 cm; c. 130–135 g. Small, slender light grey treepie with distinctive black hood and wings and very long black tail (of ten, not twelve, rectrices) which has... read more


Poorly documented. Contact call a quiet purring "drrrriiii'k"; said also to give several harsh,... read more


Lowland open dry forests to 950 m, in plains of R Irrawaddy and R Sittang; little of this forest... read more

Food and feeding

Little precise information. Reported prey items included grasshoppers and locusts (Orthoptera), mantids (Mantidae) and winged termites (... read more


Poorly studied. Eggs reported May and Jul. Solitary breeder. Nest described as resembling small, neat version of that of Pica pica... read more


Sedentary, as far as is known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Irrawaddy Plains EBA. Recently found to be not uncommon in suitable... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2020). Hooded Treepie (Crypsirina cucullata). 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 27 February 2020).