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Birds

Red-billed
Blue Magpie

Least Concern

Stable

Red-billed Blue Magpie

Urocissa erythroryncha

It is about the same size as the European Magpie but has a much longer tail, the longest tail. It is 65–68 cm (26-27 in) long and weighs 196-232 grams. The head, neck and breast are black with a bluish spotting on the crown. The shoulders and rump are a duller blue and the underparts are a greyish cream. The long tail is a brighter blue (as are the wing primaries) with a broad white tip. The bill is a bright orange-red as are the legs and feet and a ring around the eye. This red can vary across its range to almost yellow in some birds. Food is sought both in trees and on the ground. It takes the usual wide range of food, such as invertebrates, other small animals, and fruit and some seeds. It robs nests of eggs and also chicks. Vocal mimicry is very apparent in this species and its calls are very varied, but the most usual are a grating rattle and a high pitched whistle a little like a flute.

Blue Magpie, Red-billed Himalyan Magpie

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    লালঠোঁট নীলতাউরা
  • Nepali:
    स्यालपोथ्री लामपुच्छ्रे
  • Sanskrit:
    दिर्घदल पूर्णकूट
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Taxanomy

PASSERIFORMES
CORVIDAE
Urocissa erythroryncha

Red-billed Blue Magpie

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