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Sumatran Treepie - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Bukit Tapan, Sumatra, Indonesia, May 2006

Alternative names: Sunda Treepie; Mountain Treepie

Dendrocitta occipitalis


40cm. A distincitve treepie:

  • Liver-brown forecrown, face, throat and side of head
  • Contrasting white upper nape, light grey lower nape
  • Tawny-brown upperparts
  • Pale grey rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Black upperwing with white patch at base of primaries
  • Buffy rufous breast and belly
  • Long, strongly graduated tail, central feathers silvery grey with black terminal band, rest of feathers black
  • Red or reddish-brown eye
  • Short bill with strongly curved culmen

Sexes similar. Juveniles have more sooty head.


Endemic to Sumatra, Indonesia.
Generally common.


Formerly included Bornean Treepie and was then called Sunda or Malaysian Treepie.
Forms a species group with Bornean Treepie, White-bellied Treepie and Grey Treepie.


Moist lowland forests and montanes. Tolerates secondary forest. Occurs from 400m up to 2300m.


Diet not know.
Usually seen in pairs or family groups.
No specific information about breeding.
Resident species.


  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

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