Pica pica asirensis
Asir Mountains, south-western Arabia.
Often treated as conspecific with P. pica, but differs in its blackish vs strong bluish gloss on wings and vs strong blue-green gloss on tail (3); reduced white on wing-coverts (1); browner-tinged body plumage (ns); smaller and buffier belly patch (1); considerably larger bill (mean of 3 females 47.7 mm, whereas no female of any race of P. pica >42; at least 1); shorter tail (allow 1); and probably distinctive vocalization (sole recording matched only once in 290 recordings of P. pica, suggesting that present species is derived from P. p. bactriana) (potentially 3)#R. Monotypic.
Asir Massif, in SW Saudi Arabia.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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