Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Taiwan Blue Magpie (Urocissa caerulea)


Taxonomy

French: Pirolle de Taiwan German: Dickschnabelkitta Spanish: Urraca de Formosa
Taxonomy:

Urocissa caerulea

Gould

, 1863,

Taiwan

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Taiwan.

Descriptive notes

63–68 cm; 254–260 g. Distinctive black-hooded, pale-eyed blue magpie with very long, strongly graduated tail, central pair of rectrices projecting beyond next by... read more

Voice

Usual call a loud chattering "kyak-kyak-kyak-...", not unlike call of Pica pica... read more

Habitat

Broadleaf forest at 400–1000 m, but reported down to 300 m and as high as 1200 m.

Food and feeding

Omnivorous; as well as wide variety of invertebrates, takes various berries and figs (Ficus). Usually encountered in small parties... read more

Breeding

Season May and Jun; eggs recorded mid-May to late May. Social and co-operative breeder; helpers assumed to be young of previous year, which... read more

Movements

Mainly sedentary; some movement to lower elevations in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Taiwan EBA. Status not well known; generally considered uncommon and elusive. Prefers to keep to shadowy gloom... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2017). Taiwan Blue Magpie (Urocissa caerulea). 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/60734 on 24 November 2017).