Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Bornean Green Magpie (Cissa jefferyi)


French: Pirolle de Bornéo German: Borneobuschelster Spanish: Urraca colicorta de Borneo

Cissa jefferyi


, 1888,

Mt Kinabalu, northern Borneo


Until recently considered conspecific with C. thalassina, but it has different, purer whistles leading to complex phrases given by either one or (asynchronously) two birds (at least 2); appears to lack thalassina’s long series of fast repeated identical notes (at least 1)#R; and, on basis of published evidence#R, it differs further in its longer tail (effect size 3.97; score 2); shorter wing and tarsus (effect size −2.15) and shallower bill (−3.38) (score 2); whitish vs red irides (3); and tail with dark subterminal bars and white tips vs no such pattern (3). Monotypic.


N Borneo from Mt Kinabalu S to Mt Murud, the Usan Apau Plateau, Mt Dulit and Menyapa Mts#R.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Bornean Green Magpie (Cissa jefferyi). 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 on 24 November 2017).