French: Pirolle à bec rouge German: Rotschnabelkitta Spanish: Urraca piquirroja
Canton (Guangzhou), south China
Subspecies and Distribution
U. e. occipitalis
(Blyth, 1846) – NW India (from Jammu and vicinity of Kangra, in Himachal Pradesh) E to extreme E Nepal.
U. e. magnirostris
(Blyth, 1846) – NE India (S of R Brahmaputra) E across Myanmar and Thailand to NW Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
U. e. alticola
Birckhead, 1938 – S China (NW & N Yunnan) and adjacent N Myanmar.
U. e. brevivexilla
Swinhoe, 1874 – E China (from SE Inner Mongolia and W Liaoning S to S Gansu, S Ningxia, Shanxi and Hebei).
U. e. erythroryncha
(Boddaert, 1783) – C, S & SE China (including Hainan).
53–64 cm; male 145–192 g, female 106–155 g. Highly distinctive blue magpie with exceptionally long, strongly graduated, sweeping white-spotted tail, central... read more
Noisy. Presence often first indicated by contact call, a loud, ringing, almost metallic "penk-penk-... read more
Tropical and subtropical broadleaf evergreen forest in Himalayan foothills; elsewhere in hill... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, but mainly carnivorus. Recorded prey items include wide variety of larger invertebrates, especially beetles (Coleoptera),... read more
Eggs reported Apr–Jun in India, Mar–Jun in Myanmar, Apr in S China and Jun in N China. Generally considered solitary breeder,... read more
Mainly sedentary, but moves higher into montane forests in summer. One reported in Jun 1979 at... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common over most of extensive range. In extreme NE of range in China, said to be distinctly uncommon in Liaoning and Jilin; on... read more
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