Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Malay Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus)


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

Glaucopis leucopterus


, 1824,



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


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 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


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


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


Poorly studied. Season Dec and Feb–May in Malay Peninsula. Solitary breeder. Nest a relatively large platform of twigs, with shallow... read more


Sedentary, so far as is known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon throughout range; rare (perhaps extinct) in Singapore. Reliance on lowland forest makes this species vulnerable to habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S. & Christie, D.A. (2020). 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 on 26 February 2020).