Magpies: Not only Black and White
Sunday, 3 May 2015
The Common Green Magpie
Image Credit Jasonbkk
Around the size of a Eurasian jay this magpie is a vivid green with a thick black stripe from the bill to the nape which crosses the eyes, giving it a vaguely superhero-in-disguise look (although this bird is probably more villain than hero). To see one in the wild you would have to go to the Himalayas, central Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Broneo. The common green magpie (Cissa chinensis) makes its home in evergreen forest and is hunts small mammals and reptiles. It will often raid the nests of other birds and carry away young birds or, if they are not yet hatched, will devour the eggs before making their getaway.