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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-25
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 8:40
Viewed: 4247
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Thanks to Ivan for identifying this bird.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Copsychus
Species: C. saularis


The Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, family Muscicapidae. It is also known as Oriental Magpie Robin, Straits Robin and Magpie.

This magpie-robin is an insectivorous species which is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia, south China and the Philippines.

The Oriental Magpie Robin is found in open woodland, cultivated areas and around human habitation. It nests in a hole, often in a wall, laying 3-6 eggs which are incubated by both sexes.

This species is 19cm long, including the long cocked tail. It is similar in shape to the smaller European Robin, but is longer-tailed. The male has black upperparts, head and throat apart from a white shoulder patch. The underparts and the sides of the long tail are white. Females are grey above and greyish white. Young birds have scaly brown upperparts and head.

The Oriental Magpie Robin is a common and tame bird. It is terrestrial, hopping along the ground with cocked tail. The male sings loud melodic notes from the top of a perch during the breeding season.


This is a native species in Singapore, where it is known by the Malay names Kampung/Cerang. Once very common in the 1920s, it was pushed to near extinction by the 1970s, largely due to the introduction of mynahs, illegal poaching, and the disappearance of its natural habitat in the face of rapid urbanisation. Attempts to reintroduce the bird were conducted in the 1980s, but the species remains vulnerable and hence protected by law.

Exposure Time: 1/200
F-Stop: f/16.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 300/1 mm
Date Taken: 2008-09-25 12:37
Metering Mode: Partial
Flash: Flash fired, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 274 kb

Thanks for help. Ganesh

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-04 8:44]

Hi Narayanan. A good close up of this little bird . You have fine detail and natural colours in the feathers.It stands out well from the BG. A note to say what it is would help. well done tFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2008-10-04 8:58]

Hello Ganesh,
A fine capture of a juvenile Magpie Robin seen with fine sharpness from a pleasing POV against the blue sky.
I have seen this species in the Botanical Gdns myself.
TFS this beauty,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-04 9:04]

Hello Narayanan.
Very good details and sharpness, I liked the colours too.
good DOF, POV and composition.
well done.

I wonder if this is a Bulbul???
Looks like a baby .... magpie... ???
Mario from Canada with friendly greetings.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-04 11:21]

Ho Ganesh,

I see Ivan has identified this beauty as a Magpie Robin. A wonderful shot in a wonderful pose. The face and plummage are beautiful with excellent details. I love the blacks, greys and white. A lovely composition on the branch showing the nice green leaves and the perfect blue sky.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-04 11:43]

Hello Narayanan,

You have made a nice portret of the bird with sharp details and naturaly looking colors. It might be possible that a less tight cropp should have been better.

Thank you for sharing,

Yes, I agree with Argus as to the species ID. Juvenile Copsychus saularis.

Hi Ganesh,
Very good capture of this Oriental Magpie Robin with good pose and composition, sharp details, nice catch-light.

hello ganesan,
my friend has become a birder from a macro specialist, i always love experementing and i am sure that you too are loving it, nice shot with good details of the plumage,
tfs & regards

Hello Ganesh,
Excellent shot of this Magpie Robin in great sharpness and a good pose of it!
good exposure and focus as well
well done

Hello Ganesh. Wonderful bird shot from the bottom. The plumage is very well exposed and perched well against the blue sky. TFS and very well done. Best regards. Jusni

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-05 0:01]

Nice capture...With good details.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-10-05 1:49]

Hello Ganesh,
Lovely image showing the Magpie Robin with fluffed up feathers, perhaps he just had a bath! I love it spose and details are very sharp. A fine composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

A very fine portrait at a nice angle. The title may seem deceptive to Americans who now go into the deep colder months...but you shall stay relatively warm. Well presented in simple but clear methods!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-05 7:33]

Hi Ganesan.
What a clear nice shot. Very cute scene and terrific reproduction of all details of the attractive birdy. DOF is superb, plumage is reflected amazingly. Lights and colours are fine. Well done. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-05 8:28]

Hello Ganesh! Great shot of this nice bird, good pov and excellent technique, well done, thanks!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-05 13:45]

Hi Ganesh,
a fine capture of this Oriental Magpie Robin.
The detail in the feathers is great.
Superb composition.
Great DOF.

Well done,

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