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Formosan Blue Magpie
Formosan Blue Magpie
By Syu, Wei Bin
Urocissa caerulea
Length: 64-65 cm

It is a bird with dark blue plumage, red beak and red feet. The upper end of its long tail is white. The bird often flies in flocks of three to five in forests in mountain areas of low elevation. They also like to glide down to the valley in flocks, creating a beautiful view. It is an endemic species in Taiwan and the other birds in the genus can be found in Himalayas, Tibet, China, Sri Lanke, Hainan Island and Indochina. The noisy and fierce bird inhabits in mountain areas of low elevation and preys small birds, nestlings, wile rats, lizards or big insects. It also likes to eat fruits, such as papaya. It builds a bowl-like nest on treetops with branches.


References:
http://taiwanbird.fhk.gov.tw/english/org/03dbase/date_a35/date_a35_word.htm http://www.birdingintaiwan.com/birdsintwn.htm
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