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Alternative name: Malay Jay; Crested Shrike-jay; Malay Crested Jay (malaccensis); Sumatran Crested Jay (coronatus);

subspecies malaccensis
Photo by zykoay
Hutan Lipur Sungai Bantang, Bekok, Segamat District, Johor State, Malaysia, April 2017
Platylophus galericulatus


31 - 33cm (12¼-13 in). An unmistakable bird:

  • Long crest formed by two elongated central feathers
  • Black plumage (brown in coronatus, pale brown in lemprieri)
  • White crescent on side of neck
  • Small broken white mark at rear of eye
  • Reddish to brownish eye
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles are very different with a rufous plumage and an orange-brown head and neck and whitish underparts.


From south Burma to the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java and Borneo.
Locally not uncommon.


subspecies coronatus
Photo by Jason Bugay Reyes
Poring, Sabah, Borneo, February 2009


Three[1] or four subspecies usually recognized:

P. g. lemprieri is not recognised by all authorities and may be part of a cline.


Moist montanes and lowland evergreen forests to 1500m in Borneo, 1000m in Sumatra and 750m in Thailand.



Diet poorly known. Feeds on invertebrates.
Usually seen singly or in small groups. May approach humans to within a few metres.


Breeding poorly studied. Season from June to July and October to February in Java. Solitary breeder. The nest is a shallow cup, placed 2 - 3m above the ground in a sapling. Lays 2 eggs.


A sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. 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

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