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Female
Photo by Romy Ocon
Samal Island, Davao, Philippines, August 2004
Copsychus mindanensis

Identification

Distribution

Found in the southern Philippines and the Sulu Archipelago.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
The described race deuteronymus is generally not accepted.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Oriental Magpie-Robin.

Habitat

Open woodland, cultivated areas and around human habitation.

Behaviour

It nests in a hole, often in a wall, laying 3-6 eggs which are incubated by both sexes.

It is terrestrial, hopping along the ground with cocked tail. The male sings loud melodic notes from the top of a perch during the breeding season.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Birdforum thread discussing the possible split of Philippine Magpie-Robin

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