Dendrocitta is a genus of long-tailed passerine birds in the crow and jay family, Corvidae. They are resident in tropical South and Southeast Asia.

Grey treepie (Dendrocitta formosae)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Dendrocitta
Gould, 1833

D. formosae
D. vagabunda
D. frontalis
D. occipitalis
D. cinerascens
D. leucogastra
D. bayleyii

The species are plumaged in black, grey and rufous. Typically, the face and flight feathers are black, and the back is rufous. They are highly arboreal and rarely come to the ground to feed.

They are, in taxonomic order:

ImageScientific nameCommon NameDistribution
Dendrocitta formosaeGrey treepieIndochina, southern mainland China and Taiwan.
Dendrocitta vagabundaRufous treepieIndian Subcontinent and adjoining parts of Southeast Asia
Dendrocitta frontalisCollared treepienorth eastern Indian Himalayas, Bangladesh, Nepal and across into Burma
Dendrocitta occipitalisSumatran treepieSumatra in Indonesia.
Dendrocitta cinerascensBornean treepieBorneo
Dendrocitta leucogastraWhite-bellied treepieWestern Ghats mainly south of Goa
Dendrocitta bayleyiiAndaman treepieAndaman Islands of India


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