Definition of magpie robin in US English:

magpie robin


  • 1A long-tailed black and white songbird, Copsychus saularis, of the thrush family (Turdidae), found in South and South-East Asia; also called dial-bird.

  • 2Either of two related birds, C. sechellarum of the Seychelles, and C. albospecularis of Madagascar.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Madras Journal.