Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Critically Endangered

Javan Green Magpie (Cissa thalassina)


French: Pirolle à queue courte German: Javabuschelster Spanish: Urraca colicorta de Java
Other common names: Short-tailed Green Magpie (when treated as conspecific with C. jefferyi)

Kitta thalassina


, 1826,

Java and Sumatra


Sometimes treated as conspecific with C. hypoleuca. Until recently considered conspecific with C. jefferyi (see below). Monotypic.


W Java.

Descriptive notes

31–33 cm; c. 125 g. Distinctive and striking green magpie with comparatively short, bluntly graduated tail, slightly elongated rear crown feathers, rather prominent... read more


Markedly different from those of congeners, although vocabulary of nominate race poorly documented... read more


In Borneo found exclusively in true montane forest, from 900 m up to tree-line at 2400 m. Javan... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly studied. Recorded food items in Borneo emphasize importance of snails (Gastropoda) in diet; feeds also on variety of insects and... read more


Poorly documented. Family parties reported in Apr in Borneo, suggesting egg-laying in early Feb; two young reared to fledging appears to be... read more



Status and conservation

Two subspecies are likely to merit full species status, an approach followed by BirdLife International. In Java (subspecies thalassina) CRITICALLY ENDANGERED.... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Javan Green Magpie (Cissa thalassina). 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 18 March 2018).