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Common Green Magpie
Common green magpiecorbett15 january 2015
Cissa chinensis chinensis
Information
Range lower Himalayas in north eastern India in a broad south easterly band down into central Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and northwestern Borneo.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Corvidae
Genus Cissa
Species Cissa chinensis
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Common green magpie (Cissa chinensis), is a species of magpie in the Corvidae family, roughly about the size of the Eurasian jay or slightly smaller. It is a vivid green in color (often fades to turquoise in captivity), slightly lighter on the underside and has a thick black stripe from the bill (through the eyes) to the nape. Compared to the other members of its genus, the white-tipped tail is quite long. This all contrasts vividly with the red fleshy eye rims, bill and legs. The wings are reddish maroon. When dead, the color of the bird changes into blue (according to H.J. Noltie's Natural History Drawings from the Collection of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles).

It is found from the lower Himalayas in north eastern India in a broad south easterly band down into central Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and northwestern Borneo in evergreen forest (including bamboo forest), clearings and scrub.

This bird seeks food both on the ground and in trees, and takes a very high percentage of animal prey from countless invertebrates, small reptiles, mammals and young birds and eggs. It will also take flesh from a recently killed carcass.

The nest is built in trees, large shrubs and often in tangles of various climbing vines. There are usually 4–6 eggs laid. The common green magpie breeds during April and May in India, April in Maymar, and January and February in Borneo.

The voice is quite varied but often a harsh peep-peep. It also frequently whistles and chatters.

In captivity, its green feathers often fade to turquoise.

Its length reaches 37-39 centimeters, and it ways about 129-133 grams.

This bird does not migrate. 

Locally, the bird is hunted for food, and internationally, it is sold for pets.

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