Taiwan Blue Magpie Fact Sheet

Common Name:

Taiwan blue magpie

Scientific Name:

Urocissa caerulea

Wild Status:

Least Concern

Habitat:

Forest

Country:

Taiwan

Shelter:

Trees

Life Span:

NA

Size:

Length: 25-27", Weight: 254-260 g

Cool Facts:

  • The Taiwan blue magpie is endemic to Taiwan.
  • This species of magpie is an omnivore, but they also feed on carrion, making them scavengers as well!
  • They are social animals, that form groups of 3-12 individuals.
  • Group members often follow each other in a single file line.

Details:

The Taiwan blue magpie is a relatively small bird with long tail feathers that reach 13-17 inches in length. Their head, neck, and breast have black plumage, but the body, tops of its wings, and top of its tail are blue.  The flight feathers of the Taiwan blue magpie are dark grey. The wings and tail feathers have white tips.  Their beaks and feet are red and their eyes are yellow. Females have very similar plumage to males.

Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Corvidae Genus: Urocissa Species: U. caerulea

Conservation & Helping:

The Taiwan blue magpie is not listed in the IUCN Red List. They do not meet the requirements to be considered vulnerable, but observations of a declining population have been made. Because they are endemic to such a small region, they are protected under the Taiwan Wildlife Conservation Act.

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