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They are distinctive black and white birds with a long tail that is held upright as they forage on the ground or perch conspicuously.
This magpie-robin is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from Bangladesh, interior India, Sri Lanka and eastern Pakistan east to Indonesia, Thailand, south China, Malaysia, and Singapore. They are common birds in urban gardens as well as forests. It is mostly seen close to the ground, hopping along branches or foraging in leaf-litter on the ground with cocked tail.
The oriental magpie-robin is national bird for Bangladesh. People of Bangladesh recognize it as "Doyel".