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Andaman Treepie - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave 2x
Andaman Islands, India, February 2015
Dendrocitta bayleyii


32cm. The smallest treepie of this genus. Unmistakable:

  • Large white wing patch
  • Pale yellow eye
  • Dark bluish-grey head and neck, blackish on face and forecrown
  • Dark tawny-brown upperparts, black wings
  • Bright rufous rump
  • Long black tail

Sexes similar. Juveniles have a browner hood and a dark olive iris.


Endemic to the Andaman Islands, India.
A not uncommon restricted-range species.


The scientific name was also spelled baylei.


Moist lowland forests. Favours stands of largest trees.


No information about diet, feeds probably omnivorous.
Usually seen in small groups of up to 20 birds, often in bird waves with Andaman Drongos.
Breeding recorded from March to May. The nest is a flimsy structure made of fine twigs and placed about 5m above the ground hidden in a tree. Lays 3 eggs.
A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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