French: Pirolle à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabelkitta Spanish: Urraca piquigualda
Other common names: Gold-billed Magpie
Race cucullata intergrades with nominate in C Nepal. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
U. f. cucullata
Gould, 1861 – N Pakistan (from Hazara) E through NW India to W Nepal.
U. f. flavirostris
(Blyth, 1846) – E Nepal E to Bhutan, NE India and N Myanmar, also in adjacent S China (extreme SE Xizang, W Yunnan).
U. f. schaeferi
Sick, 1939 – W Myanmar (Chin Hills).
U. f. robini
Delacour & Jabouille, 1930 – extreme N Vietnam (NW Tonkin).
55–61 cm; 123–180 g. Distinctive black-hooded, pale-billed blue-and-white magpie with very long, strongly graduated tail, central pair of rectrices... read more
Quite a loud and varied vocabulary, but difficult to interpret differences from U.... read more
Moist deciduous and mixed temperate forests with oaks (Quercus), chestnuts (Castanea... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, but mainly carnivorous. Takes all manner of invertebrates, small vertebrates and various fruits and berries; scavenges other... read more
Season late Apr to early Jul, with eggs reported mid-May and Jun. Most likely a solitary breeder with long-term pair-bond; could be a... read more
Mostly sedentary. Those inhabiting higher montane forests move to lower elevations in winter if... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common over most of range, although at extreme W limits in Pakistan not well known. Races robini of NW Vietnam and... read more
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