Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Vulnerable

Sri Lanka Blue Magpie (Urocissa ornata)


Taxonomy

French: Pirolle de Ceylan German: Schmuckkitta Spanish: Urraca cingalesa
Taxonomy:

Pica ornata

Wagler

, 1829,

“India orientali” = Sri Lanka

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

40–47 cm; one bird 196 g. Unmistakable, gaudy forest magpie with rather prominent bill, nostrils concealed by soft plumes (not bristles), wide area of bare skin about... read more

Voice

Noisy. Presence often first indicated by contact call, a loud, repeated, metallic "chink-chink... read more

Habitat

Tropical broadleaf evergreen forest, including edges of tea plantations. Occurs from as low as 50 m... read more

Food and feeding

Chiefly carnivorous; prey items include wide variety of invertebrates, especially crickets (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars... read more

Breeding

Season mid-Jan to late Mar. Solitary breeder. Nest of sticks and twigs, lined with fine roots and beard-like lichens (resembles that of... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. Locally fairly common. Although quite common in some places, parties have very large foraging areas, and... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2017). Sri Lanka Blue Magpie (Urocissa ornata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60733 on 20 November 2017).