Black-faced or Black-browed Treepies aka Collared Treepies

The Black-faced or Black-browed Treepie (Dendrocitta frontalis) (sometimes referred to Collared Treepie) is an Asian treepie that is part of the Corvidae (crow) family.

Black-faced Treepie

Distribution / Range

It inhabits a broad band (though often very localised) from the north eastern Indian Himalayas, Nepal and across into Burma (Myanmar) in hill forests often at quite high elevations.


It is slightly smaller than a Blue Jay and has the typical compact body and long tail of this group. The forehead, face and bib are black with the chest, neck and shoulders a light silvery or bluish-grey in colour.

The back is a warm chestnut brown with similar underparts. The wing-coverts are white with the primaries (longest wing feathers) and tail black.

Diet / Feeding

They feed on invertebrates of various types, and hawks for termites in flight. They also take fruits and berries

Nesting / Breeding

The nest is a small, neat structure often placed in bamboo clumps, small trees or bushes at the edge of a clearing. The average clutch consists of 3 – 5 eggs.

Song / Call

The voice is described as varied but contains metallic notes, as well as the chatter alarm call.

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