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Iberian Magpie

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Photography by john-henrySouthern Spain
Photography by john-henry
Southern Spain
Cyanopica cooki


[edit] Identification

Length 31-35 cm, of which the tail 16-20 cm; weight 65-76 g

  • Glossy black cap
  • White throat
  • Brownish-grey back and rump
  • Light buffish underparts
  • Azure blue wings and tail

Sexes similar. Juveniles have a brownish-black hood.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain).

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Azure-winged Magpie from Asia, differing from it in having an all-blue tail (no white tip) and slightly darker body plumage.

[edit] Habitat

Coniferous, mainly Stone Pine Pinus pinea, and oak Quercus forest.

[edit] Behaviour

Gregarious, forming noisy groups out of the breeding season.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes acorns and pine nuts, invertebrates and larvae, soft fruits and berries. When seeking invertebrates on the ground, they like to jump forward both feet together.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in loose, open colonies with a single nest in each tree, usually a Holm Oak Quercus ilex. Incubation takes around 15 days for the 6–8 eggs.
They can be used as host species by Great Spotted Cuckoo.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  5. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6

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