February 14, 2017 – Common Green Magpie, Green Magpie, Chinese Green Magpie, Hunting Greenpie, Hunting Cissa, or Green Hunting Crow (Cissa chinensis)

These magpies are found in parts of the Himalayas, southern China, and Southeast Asia. They eat insects, such as beetles and crickets, as well as small vertebrates, including snakes, frogs, birds, mammals, and lizards. They build bowl-shaped nests from twigs and other materials. When kept in captivity or exposed to too much sunlight, their bright green plumage often fades to a turquoise color. This is because the green is produced through a combination of structural blue coloration in the feathers and yellow carotenoid pigments from the magpies’ diet, which are broken down by sunlight.


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