Black magpie

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For the large passerine bird native to southern Australia and Tasmania, see Black magpie (Tasmania).
Not to be confused with Black-billed magpie.
Black magpie
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Platysmurus
L. Reichenbach, 1850
Species: P. leucopterus
Binomial name
Platysmurus leucopterus
(Temminck, 1824)

The black magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus) is a species of bird in the family Corvidae. Despite its name, it is neither a magpie nor, as was long believed, a jay, but a treepie. Treepies are a distinct group of corvids externally similar to magpies. It is monotypic within the genus Platysmurus.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. The subspecies P. l. atterimus is endemic to the island of Borneo; it is sometimes considered a full species known as the Bornean black magpie.[3] The natural habitats of the Black Magpie are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Platysmurus leucopterus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ dos Anjos 2009, p. 567
  3. ^ Phillipps, Quentin & Phillipps, Karen (2011). Phillipps’ Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo. Oxford, UK: John Beaufoy Publishing. ISBN 978-1-906780-56-2. 

Cited texts[edit]

  • dos Anjos, Luiz (2007). "Family Corvidae (Crows)". In del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew; Christie, David. Handbook of the Birds of the World. 9. Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Editions.