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Alternative names: White-winged Mapgie; White-winged Jay; Black Jay; Black Crested Magpie
39 - 41cm. A rather heavy build black "jay":
Sexes similar. Juveniles are duller than adults and more greyish or brownish.
Two subspecies are recognized:
Black Magpie is the only species in its genus.
Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests up to 200m.
Call: heh-heh-heh. Very noisy and often first heard before seen.
Omnivourous. Not much known about precise diet but seen taking caterpillars, beetles and fruits.
Breeding season from December to May in the Malay Peninsula, eggs recorded in June on Borneo. Solitary breeder. The nest is a large platform made of twigs. It's placed 1 - 8m above the ground inside shrubby cover or in a low tree. Lays 2 - 3 eggs.
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