Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Shiny Whistling-thrush (Myophonus melanurus)


French: Arrenga de Sumatra German: Glanzpfeifdrossel Spanish: Arrenga brillante

Arrenga melanurus


, 1879,

Mount Singgalang, West Sumatra




Mountains of Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

Male 24–29 cm, female 22–25 cm. Male is velvety jet-black with broad shiny deep blue spangles, plush black lores, deep blue forehead to superciliary area and nape... read more


Song apparently unreported. Calls include high-pitched screech.


Ground and lower storeys of primary mossy hill forest and montane forest, including moss forest;... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily vegetable matter, including some fruit and seeds; also insects and larvae. Forages mainly at middle levels of trees; also spends... read more


Sept; adults feeding young in May, and juvenile seen late Jan. Nest a large cup of moss and plant fibres placed against trunk or in fork of... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Common.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Shiny Whistling-thrush (Myophonus melanurus). 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 18 September 2019).