Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Philippine Magpie-robin (Copsychus mindanensis)


French: Shama des Philippines German: Philippinenschama Spanish: Shama filipino

Turdus mindanensis


, 1783,



Until recently considered conspecific with C. saularis, but genetic evidence places non-Philippine forms of C. saularis closer to Malagasy C. albospecularis than to present species#R, which differs from C. saularis in its unique combination of white belly and all-black tail (3); slightly paler grey throat and breast in female (1); smaller size, with notably shorter bill and wing (effect size for male wing –4.28; score 2); song lacking well-separated, repeated strophes (1), on average shorter notes and faster pace (ns[1]), and with maximum frequency and frequency range lower (at least 1)#R. Proposed race deuteronymus (Luzon), separated on lightly barred buff wash of lower underparts of female, regarded as too weak to merit recognition and thus merged with mindanensis. Monotypic.

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Descriptive notes

19 cm; 29–36·7 g. Male has entire head to breast and upperparts glossy blue-black, upperwing black with prominent white band along wing-coverts extending onto edges of... read more


Song a series of sweet-sounding mellow phrases consisting of shorter notes and delivered at faster... read more


Open forest and forest edge, secondary growth, orchards and other cultivated areas, scrub and... read more

Food and feeding

Few specific data. Diet consists mostly of insects of a wide variety, but also other invertebrates, especially spiders; may take small... read more


Season Apr–Jun/Jul. Cup-shaped untidy-looking nest made from grass, rootlets, fibres and similar material, placed in hole in old wall,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon; common at Cayapa, on Luzon, but uncommon elsewhere in Sierra Madre; fairly common in cultivated lowlands on... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Philippine Magpie-robin (Copsychus mindanensis). 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 22 January 2020).