Family Crows (Corvidae)

Endangered

Hainan Magpie (Urocissa whiteheadi)


Taxonomy

French: Pirolle de Whitehead German: Hainankitta Spanish: Urraca de Hainan
Other common names: White-winged Blue Magpie, Whitehead's Magpie
Taxonomy:

Urocissa whiteheadi

Ogilvie-Grant

, 1899,

Five-finger Mountains, interior of Hainan, China

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with U. xanthomelana (see above). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Hainan (SE China).

Descriptive notes

43–46 cm; c. 200 g. A bulky-bodied forest magpie with relatively long and strongly graduated tail, central pair of feathers only a little longer than next; bill quite... read more

Voice

Most frequently uttered call a repeated, hoarse, rising "shurreek". Similar, but lower in... read more

Habitat

Tropical broadleaf evergreen forests, including edges of cultivation and secondary growth; found... read more

Food and feeding

Not well documented. Apparently omnivorous; said to feed on various invertebrates and berries, but no specific information available. Very... read more

Breeding

Little known. Perhaps a social breeder; seems to be encountered in quite large parties throughout year. Only described nest, on Hainan (... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Nominate race rare; race xanthomelana widespread on mainland, where locally not uncommon. Fragmentation of rainforest habitat through forest... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2017). Hainan Magpie (Urocissa whiteheadi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60737 on 20 September 2017).