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Red-billed blue magpie

Urocissa erythroryncha

Red billed blue magpie

This brightly coloured member of the crow family has a long tail with striking blue and white feathers which are thought to be used during courtship displays. The bill, legs, feet and ring around the eye are also vibrant tones of orange and red.

Crows, in general, and magpies especially are considered to be very intelligent birds.

We became home to this bird in 2016 when we welcomed a male bird from Chester Zoo and a female bird from Paignton Zoo. In 2017, we celebrated when two chicks hatched.

Animal class

Mountainous forests

Diet - Omnivore
This bird eats a wide range of food, such as invertebrates, small mammals, fruit and seeds. On occasion they will rob nests of chicks and eggs.

They are the same size as the European magpie except with a much longer tail. They can be up to 68cm long and weigh up to 232g.

Red-billed blue magpie are found in evergreen forest and scrub in predominately hilly or mountainous regions in East Asia.

Conservation status
The IUCN considers the red-billed blue magpie to not be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

The red-billed blue magpie is abundant and widespread in its range.

Current population
There is not currently enough information regarding the population of this bird.

Zoo population
Unknown at this moment.