Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Racquet-tailed Treepie (Crypsirina temia)


French: Témia bronzée German: Spatelbaumelster Spanish: Urraca bronceada

Corvus temia


, 1800,

Africa; error = Java




Lowlands of S & SE Myanmar, Thailand, extreme S China (S Yunnan), Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia; also Java and Bali.

Descriptive notes

31–33 cm; 114–145 g. Rather small, slender all-dark treepie with very long, graduated tail (of ten, not twelve, rec­trices) which has spatulate expansion at... read more


Nasal mewing call. Also, often utters high-pitched but gruff "chu"; deep rasping "churg-churg",... read more


Lowland open forests to 1000 m in altitude, with clearings about villages and plantation edges,... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous. Surprisingly poorly known, with little precise information. Known to feed on variety of invertebrates, with fondness for large... read more


Poorly studied. Eggs reported in Apr–Aug in Myanmar and Thailand and Apr in N Vietnam (Tonkin). Solitary breeder. Nest constructed... read more


Sedentary, as far as is known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Not uncommon in most of range. Formerly occurred in extreme NW Peninsular Malaysia (Kedah), but apparently extirparted there; was... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2018). Racquet-tailed Treepie (Crypsirina temia). 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 17 March 2018).