Shows long black tail, extending up to a further 6 cm in the male, with white outer feather and white rump. Male: glossy blue-black upperparts and upper breast, deep orange-rufous lower breast and belly. Female: black parts of plumage replaced with slaty grey and underparts duller, paler. Tail shorter then in male.
evergreen and mixed deciduous forests secondary growth, bamboo up to 1500 m. Very common resident.
song richer, more melodious and fluty then Oriental Magpie-Robin; sometimes mimics other birds. Calls with a harsh crack
Juvenile rusty-buff spotting on wing coverts. Rather shy; usually keeps inside dense bushes.
Update : 06 April 2017