Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Seychelles Magpie-robin (Copsychus sechellarum)


French: Shama des Seychelles German: Seychellenschama Spanish: Shama de Seychelles

Copsychus sechellarum

A. Newton

, 1865,

on some islands of the Seychelles




Seychelles, restricted to Frégate; formerly more widespread#R. Introduced for conservation purposes on Cousin, Cousine, Aride and Denis#R.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; male mean 77 g, female mean 65 g. Fairly large magpie-robin. Plumage is all glossy black (looks glossy blue-black in sunlight), with broad white patch on... read more


Song, by male (occasionally by female, when often in duet), usually from tall tree, before dawn and... read more


Mature coastal forest with well-developed canopy, sparse herb layer and deep leaf litter (original... read more

Food and feeding

Small to mid-sized invertebrates, small vertebrates and fruit; also household scraps. Favoured invertebrate prey insect larvae (on Fr... read more


All year if food available, with peak Nov–Mar, correlated with rainfall (48% of breeding attempts in wettest three months).... read more


Sedentary. Capable of over-water dispersal to other islands; longest recorded movement 45 km from... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Formerly listed as Critically Endangerd. Restricted-range species: present in Granitic Seychelles EBA. Global population steadily recovering from all-time low of... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Seychelles Magpie-robin (Copsychus sechellarum). 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).