Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra)


French: Témia à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Baumelster Spanish: Urraca ventriblanca

Dendrocitta leucogastra


, 1833,

“Eastern Asia”= Malabar Coast, India




Western Ghats from N Karnataka S to S Kerala and E to W Tamil Nadu (Nilgiris), in SW India.

Descriptive notes

45 cm; c. 125 g. Unmistakable treepie with much white in plumage; long, strongly graduated tail, central pair of feathers somewhat broadening towards tip; rather stout bill... read more


Variety of vocalizations, many calls louder, harsher and more metallic than those of D.... read more


Humid evergreen hill forests, both primary and relict patches within secondary forests; especially... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous, primarily carnivorous. Prey items include variety of invertebrates and their larvae, also small vertebrates such as small... read more


Eggs recorded in Feb–Apr, chiefly Mar and Apr. Solitary breeder. Nest a rather deep construction of prickly twigs, cup lined with... read more


Sedentary, as far as is known. Some old reports from SE Gujurat, Goa, Bangalore and particularly S... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Western Ghats EBA. Locally quite common in lush tropical evergreen forests. Present in a number of protected... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). White-bellied Treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra). 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 19 May 2019).