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A photo of a White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura), male
White-tailed Robin, Male

White-tailed Robin

Myiomela leucura

The White-tailed Robin, known scientifically as Myiomela leucura, is a captivating species of Old World flycatcher belonging to the family Muscicapidae. This bird is adorned with a distinctive white tail that contrasts with its otherwise dark plumage, making it a sight to behold in its natural environment.

Identification Tips

Upon encountering the White-tailed Robin, one can identify it by its contrasting plumage. The males and females exhibit sexual dimorphism, with males typically showcasing darker, more vivid coloration. Observers should look for the characteristic white tail that gives this species its name, which is particularly noticeable in flight.

Habitat

The White-tailed Robin favors the lushness of subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, as well as the verdant subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. These habitats provide the dense foliage and rich insect life that these birds thrive upon.

Distribution

This species has a broad range across the northern regions of the Indian subcontinent, extending into the adjacent areas of Southeast Asia. Countries graced by its presence include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Behaviour

The White-tailed Robin is known for its skulking behavior, often remaining hidden among dense undergrowth. Its movements are typically deliberate and it is most active during dawn and dusk when foraging for food.

Conservation status

According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the White-tailed Robin is classified as Least Concern. This suggests that, currently, there are no immediate threats to its population levels that would warrant a higher degree of conservation action.

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