Asian Azure-winged Magpie

Scientific name: Cyanopica cyanus
Mongolian name: Цэнхэр шаазгай
Order: Passeriformes
Bird family: Corvidae (Crows, jays, ravens, magpies)
Conservation status: LC


Key information

The azure-winged magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) is a bird in the crow family which has glossy black top to the head and a white throat.  The underparts and the back are a light grey-fawn in color with the wings and the feathers of the long (16–20 cm) tail an azure blue.

Length : 31–35 cm long

Wingspan: 38–41 cm

Weight : male 80–118 g, female 76–112 g

Population : The overall population size is not known but it is widespread and locally common across the range.

Habitat: It occurs over a large region of eastern Asia in most of China, Korea, Japan, and north into Mongolia and southern Siberia. It inhabits various types of coniferous (mainly pine) and broadleaf forest, including parks and gardens in the eastern populations.

Diet: Takes wide variety of food items, especially insects and their larvae, and quite a number of fruits and nuts