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Racket-tailed Treepie

Crypsirina temia


It has a velvety-black forehead of short, plush black feathers with the rest of the bird being an oily green colour, though appearing black in dim light. The tail feathers which in this species are long and broaden at the tail's end are black also with a greenish tinge, as are the wings. The iris of the bird is a turquoise-blue darkening towards the pupil to a very deep or near black. The bill, legs and feet are black.


scrub and secondary growth, mangroves, scrub, mixed deciduous woodlands, open fields and gardens, bamboo thickets and open forest often near villages, up to 900m.


Captured this image from a hide(camouflaged tent) near Baan Maka Chalet(an inexpensive birders and wildlife photographers lodge) just outside Kaeng Krachan National Park.

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1 Comment

SeraArnold 7 years ago

Amazingly beautiful little bird! That tail is spectacular, thanx

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จังหวัดเพชรบุรี, Thailand

Spotted on Mar 11, 2013
Submitted on Jul 24, 2014

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