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Shiny Whistling Thrush - BirdForum Opus

Myophonus melanurus


22-29 cm.

  • Velvety jet-black with broad shiny deep blue spangles
  • Plush black lores
  • Deep blue forehead to superciliary area and nape
  • Deep blue shoulder patch (often hard to see in field)
  • Black bill and legs

Females are similar but their plumage is blacker and they have reduced body spangling.
Juveniles are similar to females but with buffish shaft streaks on flanks and breast and fine buffish tips from forehead to above eye.


Endemic to the mountains of Sumatra, Indonesia.
A restricted-range species, but still common in its small range.


This is a monotypic species.


Lower storeys and ground of moist montane forest, often near running water.
Occurs from 500 up to 3300m.



Feeds on vegetable matter, takes also some fruit, seeds, insects and larvae. Forages on the ground and at middle levels of trees.


Breeding recorded in September, juveniles seen in May and late January. The nest is a large cup made of moss and plant fibres. It's placed against a trunk or in a fork of a tree or along a thick branch.


Probably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726

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