The 'tale' of Oriental Magpie Robin

Oriental Magpie Robin is a member of the Thrush family. Its scientific name is Copsychus saularis, but commonly called as doyel or doel. It is spotted across most of the Indian subcontinent, parts of Southeast Asia and is the national bird of Bangladesh. It occupies both forests and urban gardens.

Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) Male

Male Oriental magpie robin with a prey

Oriental magpie robin is a Passerine bird (3 toes pointing towards the front and one pointing backwards). Body measures about 20 cms in length and is usually black and white in color.

Orientel magpie robin

The passerine toe is visible in this photograph

Male has black upperparts, head and throat. Underparts and sides of the long tail are white. Females are greyish black above and greyish white. Upper parts and head of young birds are scaly brown. Bill is black. Eyes are dark. Legs and feet are blackish.

Female Oriental Magpie Robin

Female Oriental magpie robin

Oriental Magpie Robins have a delightful varied song and can imitate the calls of other birds. They are sprightly and lively, often cocking their long tails. They are easy to spot as they are not shy and sing from exposed perches.

Juvenile female oriental magpie-robin

Juvenile Oriental magpie robin

Breeding time is mainly from March to July in India and January to June in south-east Asia. Males sing from high perches during courtship which are of different dialects in different neighborhoods. The display of male involves puffing up the feathers, raising the bill, fanning the tail and strutting. Female lay about 4 to 5 eggs after a successful mating and both sexes incubate the eggs for 10 to 15 days. Eggs are oval and usually pale blue green with brownish speckles.

Oriental Magpie Robin bird (Copsychus saularis) with black and w

Call of a Robin

Diet of magpie robins includes mainly insects and other invertebrates. They are known to feed on flower nectar, geckos, centipedes and sometimes fish.

Female Oriental Magpie Robin

a Female Robin with worms

Oriental Magpie Robin drinking water

Robin quenching its thirst

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October 14, 2016


Very nice blog and beautiful images...

October 14, 2016


Thanks to all

October 12, 2016


Very nice blog entry and beautiful photos too. Thanks for sharing about the oriental magpie robin.

October 12, 2016


Nice images, congratulations!

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