Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)


Hainan Magpie (Urocissa whiteheadi)


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

Urocissa whiteheadi


, 1899,

Five-finger Mountains, interior of Hainan, China


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


Hainan (SE China).

Descriptive notes

43–44 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... read more


Most frequently uttered call a hoarse, rising “shurreek”. Other vocalizations include a... read more


Evergreen and mixed forest, including edges of cultivation and secondary growth. Lowlands and... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly documented. Apparently omnivorous; said to feed on various invertebrates and berries, but no specific information available. Very... read more


Little known. Perhaps a social breeder; seems to be encountered in groups throughout year. The only described nest was a concave platform... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. This species appears to be rare, and when reported it is found only in very small numbers in the remnant forest on Hainan, particularly in S of island. Its total... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. & Christie, D.A. (2019). 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 on 27 May 2019).