About 23 cm long. Unmistakable pied plumage.
The male is mainly bluish-black with a long white
wing bar, white tail edges and white underparts.
The female is similar, but dark grey in place
of bluish-black. Fond of feeding in the open lawn.
Often cocks tail. Loud and varied song.
Resident. Often seen in the countryside
and major urban parks.
Highly commensal with man. Mainly feeds
on insects. A popular cagebird for its melodious
Photo: Cheung Ho Fai