Black-faced or Black-browed Treepies aka Collared Treepies

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

Black-faced Treepie

Distribution / Range

It inhabits broadband (though often very localized) from the northeastern 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.

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