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Red-billed Blue Magpie

Urocissa erythroryncha

Did you know?

· Red-billed blue magpies are a part of the Corvidae family, which they share with other intelligent birds, such as crows and ravens.

· They are named for their blue feathers and red bill.

· They live in forests in northern and eastern India, China, and Southeast Asia

· They are opportunistic omnivores, even stealing eggs and chicks of other bird species.

· A female will lay three to five eggs per clutch.


Red-billed blue magpies have striking white and blue tail feathers that can grow up to 17 inches long, which may be used in courtship displays. They are known for their vocal mimicry, which is the ability to vocally imitate other species. Their varied calls include a high-pitched whistle that sounds like a flute.


Red-billed blue magpies are part of the Corvidae family, a family of songbird species that are known for their high intelligence. There is not a lot of research available about red-billed blue magpies, but it is understood they are smart like their closely-related relatives: crows, ravens and magpies. With the great urban development that has occurred in their natural habitats, they have adapted to urban life. These magpies have even been found living successfully in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Red-billed Blue Magpie is widespread and abundant.


Northern and eastern India, China and Southeast Asia


Forests, woodlands

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