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Red-billed Blue Magpie

Red-billed Blue MagpieAKA: Blue Magpie, Red-billed Magpie

Order:  Passeriformes – perching birds
Family: Corvidae – crows, jays, magpies

Scientific name:  Urocissa erythrorhyncha


DescriptionThe bills, legs and feet of  the red-billed blue magpie are usually coral red  in color but can be bright orange or yellow.  The head and throat are black with bluish white spotting on the crown and continuing in a stripe down the back of the head.  The back is generally an ashy blue color which turns to a vivid violet blue on the tail and wing primaries.  The tail feathers end with black horizontal stripes and white tips, the underparts of the bird are cream white in color.  The red-billed blue magpie’s tail can measure up to 17 inches in length, total body length is approximately 27 inches. 


RangeHome Range:  East central and southwest China.  From the western Himalayas to China’s east coast, including Thailand, Burma, and Indo-China.


Habitat typeMountain forests at elevations from 3,000 to 7,500 feet.  Can also be found in cultivated areas.  Primarily arboreal but often feeds on the ground.


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