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Two red-billed blue magpies hatch

Date: 30 Aug 2017

red-bellied blue magpie chick

Our baby boom continues as two red-billed blue magpies have recently hatched.

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.

The red-billed blue magpie can be found in the mountainous regions of the western Himalayas, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. These birds nest in trees and large shrubs and lay up to five eggs.

Zoo manager, Alyn Cairns, said “We are delighted with the arrival of the two magpie chicks. We became home to this bird in the last year, when we welcomed a male bird from Chester and a female bird from Paignton Zoo. For the pair to have bred and for the eggs to have been laid, successfully hatched and reared by the parents in such a short time period is a great cause for celebration for the team that work with these stunning birds.”

You can now visit our red-billed blue magpies in our bird park.