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Red-billed Blue Magpie

Urocissa erythroryncha

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Urocissa erythroryncha
Class: Bird
Weight: 6 to 8 ounces
Conservation status: Least concern
Life span: 15 or more years in professional care
Number of offspring: 3 to 5 eggs at a time


I Live In Asia

The red-billed blue magpie is native to various regions of Asia, ranging from the western Himalayas to eastern China. They can be found in lowland forests in hilly or mountainous areas.

I Am An Omnivore

This avian species is known to feast upon insects and other invertebrates, as well as various fruits and seeds. However, the red-billed blue magpie is also an opportunistic feeder; they will sometimes take eggs from nests to eat.

Red-billed Blue Magpies are Solitary

The red-billed blue magpie is a somewhat solitary species. While they travel in groups, they like to have their own space free of other species of birds.

The Tale of the Longest Tail

The red-billed blue magpie is a member of the Corvidae family, also in this family are crows and ravens. The red-billed blue magpie has one of the longest tails of any other bird in the Corvidae family.

Helping the Red-Billed Blue Magpie in the Wild

The red-billed blue magpies at the Zoo is enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.

I Am Important To My Ecosystem

Due to their migratory and general flight patterns, this avian species plays an important role of seed dispersal in their ecosystem, as well as keeping insect populations in check.


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