Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

White-winged Magpie (Urocissa xanthomelana)


French: Pirolle de Delacour German: Weißflügelkitta Spanish: Urraca aliblanca

Cissopica whiteheadi xanthomelana


, 1927,

Bac Kan, north-eastern Tonkin


Along with U. whiteheadi, sometimes separated in Cissopica. Hitherto treated as conspecific with U. whiteheadi, but differs in its darker, blacker head to back and breast (1); much broader yellowish-white lesser and greater wing-coverts (in fact lesser coverts all yellowish-white, without blackish bases of whiteheadi) (2); black vs grey rectrices (both species with white tips, whiteheadi with black subterminal band) (3); and greater wing length (effect size for males 1.6, although n=8 for both taxa; allow 1). Monotypic.

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S China (S Sichuan, S Yunnan and Guangxi), N Vietnam (W & E Tonkin and N & C Annam) and N & C Laos.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). White-winged Magpie (Urocissa xanthomelana). 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 November 2017).