Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Malay Whistling-thrush (Myophonus robinsoni)


French: Arrenga de Robinson German: Malaienpfeifdrossel Spanish: Arrenga malayo

Myiophoneus robinsoni


, 1905,

Gunung Menkuanghebah, Selangore, Peninsular Malaysia




Mountains of Peninsular Malaysia.

Descriptive notes

25–26 cm; 87–105 g. Male is sooty blue-black, with shiny purplish-blue forehead-band and shoulder patch (lesser wing-coverts), and metallic purplish-blue scaling... read more


Song a soft mix of fluty and scratchy notes, resembling louder version of M. caeruleus.... read more


Ground and lower storeys of hill and montane evergreen forest, usually near running water, and... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently no direct information on diet; inferred to be less specialized on snails than is M. caeruleus, if only because habitat... read more


Feb–Apr and Sept; young in Mar and Sept. One nest was a large, solid cup made almost entirely of black tree-fern fibres, with a few... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Relatively scarce; known from Cameron Highlands S to Genting Highlands. Recorded from... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Malay Whistling-thrush (Myophonus robinsoni). 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 28 February 2020).