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Magpie Robin 1

Magpie Robin 1
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR, Nikon 77mm Neutral Color
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robins of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-11 10:19
Viewed: 3783
Points: 8
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Magpie Robin
Copsychus saularis
Oriental Magpie Robin, Straits Robin, Magpie,
Murai/Murai Kampung/Cerang (Malay)

The Magpie Robin's sad story is a parable of near extinction in Singapore. Magpie Robins were once widespread and common in Singapore, as they still are in Peninsular Malaysia. But they were nearly wiped out in Singapore. Happily, they have made a slow comeback through reintroduction efforts, although their status remains vulnerable. Sungei Buloh Nature Park and Botanic Garden are among the few strongholds on the main island for this delightful bird.

Main features: Large (20-23cm); bill black; legs grey.

Male: Black head, breast and upperparts; underparts white; tail black with white outer feathers; bold white wingbars.

Female: Back upperparts and breast replaced by dull dark grey.

Juvenile: As in the adult but with mottled brown breast
magpie robin on a perch
female magpie robin
Photo from
Morten Strange
Call: Described as a melodious song; a mournful rising whistle; and harsh raspy alarm note.

Status in Singapore: Rare resident on the main island, uncommon resident in offshore islands.

World distribution: Pakistan across the Asian subcontinent to the Philippines, Borneo and Java.

Classification: Family Muscicapidae (which also includes Thrushes, Flycatchers, Chats). World 449 species, Singapore 19 species.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-07-11 10:57]


A well composed pic with space to the right of the subject. The OOF BG, POV, Composition and detail of the subject make a good pic. TFS,

Hi Meerkat, great shot with an amazing light on the eye of the robin!
Compo and BG are super.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-11 20:00]

Bonjour Meerkat!

Félicitations pour cette belle composition. les couleurs,la netteté,la composition et l'oiseau sont superbes.

Hi Meerkat,
Nice photo of this bird. Excellent composition,pov, dof. Sharp and clear. TFS

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