31 October 2011

Green Magpie (Cissa chinensis).

Bird: Green Magpie (Cissa chinensis)
Loc: Jelai Resort FH.
Date: Oct. 2011

The Green Magpie (Cissa chinensis) is a member of the Crow family,

It is a vivid green in colour (often fades to turquoise in captivity), slightly lighter on the underside and has a thick black stripe from the bill (through the eyes) to the nape.

Compared to the other members of its genus, the white-tipped tail is quite long. This all contrasts vividly with the red fleshy eye rims, bill and legs. The wings are reddish maroon

It is found from the lower Himalayas in north eastern India in a broad south easterly band down into central ThailandMalaysiaSumatra and northwestern Borneo in evergreen forest (includingbamboo forest), clearings and scrub.

This bird seeks food both on the ground and in trees, and takes a very high percentage of animal prey from countless invertebrates, small reptilesmammals and young birds and eggs.

The nest is built in trees, large shrubs and often in tangles of various climbing vines. There are usually 4–6 eggs laid.

                                                                                                                            FH, Pahang Msia.

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