The Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis) was once one of the three most common birds in Singapore. However, due to excessive trappings for the cage bird trade, their numbers declined drastically. Another factor was competition from the more aggressive and increasingly abundant mynas (Acridotheres spp.)
A reintroduction programme, initiated in the early 1980s, helped to slowly increase their numbers. About 40 birds were released over a period of two years and by 1996 a survey showed the presence of 114 birds.
Currently Oriental Magpie-robins can be heard over most parts of Singapore. Their clear melodious song and rasping alarm call easily bring attention to their presence.
An audio recording of can also be heard HERE.
1st August 2017
Wang, L.K. & C. J. Hails, 2007. An annotated checklist of birds of Singapore. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement 15: 1-179.
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