January 6, 2016 – Taiwan Blue Magpie, Taiwan Magpie, or Formosan Blue Magpie (Urocissa caerulea)

This member of the crow family is found in the mountains of Taiwan. Their diets include reptiles, including snakes, as well as small mammals, insects, plants, fruit, and seeds. Living in groups of six or more, they follow one another closely in flight, forming a line in the air. Monogamous cooperative breeders, the females incubate the eggs and the males assist with nest building and feeding the chicks. Older chicks often assist the parents. They strongly defend their nesting area and attack intruders relentlessly until they retreat.

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