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Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
Alternative names: Gold-billed Magpie; Black-headed Magpie; Golden-billed Blue Magpie
55 - 61cm. A distinctive blue magpie:
Sexes similar, juveniles are duller than adults.
 Similar species
Similar to Blue Magpie but note yellow bill and clear white patch on nape in Gold-billed Magpie.
Found in the Himalayas from northern Pakistan east to India, Nepal, Bhutan, adjacent southern Tibet and northern Burma. Two isolated populations in western Burma and northern Vietnam.
There are 4 subspecies:
Deciduous forest, favouring forest edge and clearings. Often near cultivations or plantations. Found above 2000m up to 3600m, locally lower. Generally replaces Blue Magpie above 1800m in the Himalayas.
A shy bird, usually encountered in pairs or small groups.
Feeds on invertebrates, small vertebrates and various fruits and berries. Also takes eggs and nestlings.
Breeding season from late April to July. The nest is made of sticks and twigs and placed in a fork of a long branch inside a tree, some 5 to 6 m above the ground. Lays 3 - 5 eggs.
A resident species with some altitudinal movements.
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