|Scientific name||Cissa chinensis|
|Length||13 to 15 inches (34 to 39 centimeters)|
|Weight||4 ounces (120 to 133 grams)|
|Wing span||1.7 to 2.0 feet|
|Number of eggs||4 to 6 eggs|
Did that bird just turn blue?
Hunting cissas live in the shade of evergreen forests, from northeastern India through Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo. Their green feathers help them blend into the forest and avoid predators. When their diet changes or their feathers receive too much sunlight, these birds transform from green to turquoise-blue.
Who is talking?
Hunting cissas make loud peep-peeps and screeches, but those aren’t the only sounds they make. They often mimic the calls of other birds and sounds of their environments. Sometimes they even mimic movement.
Listen closely to our hunting cissas. What do they sound like to you?
We are a family!
Hunting cissas are nicknamed “hunting crows” because they are members of the crow family and known for their excellent hunting skills. Cissas are also closely related to Eurasian jays.
Save leftovers for later
Like many other birds, hunting cissas eat lots of insects. But, these birds also team up in groups of two or more to hunt small reptiles, mammals, and other birds. If one cissa eats its fill and still has leftovers, it will place its unfinished meal high up in a tree to eat later.
The hunting cissa population is stable.
No effort is too small!