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Bornean Treepie - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Karim Madoya
Nabalu, Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia, May 2007
Dendrocitta cinerascens


Photo © by Jason Bugay Reyes
Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, December 2008


  • Pinkish-brown underparts and head
  • Silver crown
  • Dark eye stripe
  • Dark forehead stripe
  • Grey back
  • Pale rump
  • Black wings
  • White wing patch
  • Grey, black tipped tail
  • Greyish-black bill and legs
  • Red iris

Sexes similar
Juveniles have buffy fringes on feathers


Endemic to north and central Borneo.
Generally common and widespread.


This a monotypic species was split from what was Sunda Treepie; the remainder of that species is now Sumatran Treepie.


Mountain ranges to 2,800m; forest, forest edge, bamboo thickets and scrubland.


A sociable bird, often seen in noisy groups in the canopy.
A sedentary species.


The diet includes small fruit, seeds, beetles and cockroaches. Scavenges for food around villages.


Breeding confirmed from January to March. It builds a shallow nest from twigs, placed low in a tree. The 2 eggs are greenish-white with brown markings.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  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. Wikipedia

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