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SPECIES INFO

The Formosan Blue Magpie (Urocissa caerulea), also called the Taiwan Magpie (traditional Chinese: ????; pinyin: Tiw?n ln qu) or the "long-tailed mountain lady" (traditional Chinese: ????; pinyin: Chngw?i sh?nning; Taiwanese: Tn?g-bo soa?-ni), is a member of the Crow family. It is an endemic species living in the mountains of Taiwan at elevations of 300 to 1200m. The Formosan Blue Magpie is voted as the national bird of the Republic of China, commonly known as "Taiwan", having won the National Bird vote, though it has yet to be formally accepted.

Description

It is about the same size as the European Magpie, but with a longer tail. The head, neck and breast are black, the rest of the plumage on the bird is a rich dark blue to purple in color. It has white markings on the wings and the tail. The bill, feet and legs are red, and the iris is yellowish. The voice is described as a high pitched cackling chatter, "kyak-kyak-kyak-kyak."

Behavior

Usually found in groups of six or more, it appears to avoid any human disturbance and quickly moves away from such encounters.

Diet

Its food is similar to that of others in the genus, taking a wide range of fruits and seeds, insects and other invertebrates. Wild figs and papayas appear to be a favorite.

Nesting

The nest is usually in a tree or shrub and there are usually between three to five eggs laid. Both sexes build the nest and feed the young with only the female incubating them.





                                     



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