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White-winged Magpie

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Alternative names: White-winged Blue Magpie; Whitehead's Magpie

Subspecies xanthomelanaPhoto by pauxNongang, Guangxi, China, October 2017
Subspecies xanthomelana
Photo by paux
Nongang, Guangxi, China, October 2017
Urocissa whiteheadi


[edit] Identification

Photo by pauxNongang, Guangxi, China, October 2017
Photo by paux
Nongang, Guangxi, China, October 2017

43 - 46cm (17-18 in). A bulky-bodied, distinctive forest magpie.

  • Sooty brown head, neck and breast
  • Greyish underparts, shading into pale yellowish on belly and undertail-coverts
  • Blackish upperparts, yellowish rump and greyish uppertail-coverts
  • Upperwings boldly patterned white to yellowish-white on blackish background
  • White lesser and median coverts, forming a band along leading edge of wing
  • Long, largely black tail with grey central feathers and all feathers with yellow-white or white tips
  • Heavy red bill
  • Pale yellow eye, brownish-green bare eye patch
  • Black legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles have yellowish-grey head and brownish eye.

[edit] Distribution

Found in South China (including Hainan) to Laos and northern Vietnam.
On the mainland still quite common but rare on Hainan.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • U. w. whiteheadi on Hainan
  • U. w. xanthomelana in most of its range

[edit] Habitat

Tropical broadleaf evergreen forest. Also in secondary forest and edges of cultivation. Occurs from 50m up to 1400m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Diet little known. Feeds apparently on invertebrates and berries.
A very sociable species. Moves through the forest in large groups of 20 or more birds.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding little known. One described nest was a concave platform which contained 6 eggs.

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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