Saturday, 13 December 2014

Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus)

 Azure-winged Magpie (subspecies C. c. japonicanear Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan - November 2014

Local Name (Japan): o-naga (オナガ) "long-tail"
Featured Subspecies: Cyanopica cyana japonica
Weight: 65-112g
Length: 31-35cm
Wingspan: 38cm
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Azure-winged Magpie is a fairly small corvid with a similar shape to the Eurasian Magpie.  Until very recently, it was considered to be the same species as the near-identical looking birds found in Spain and Portugal - now know as the Iberian Azure-winged Magpie.  The species found in East Asia - specifically Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia and Russia is seemingly more abundant in its range, found right into urban areas in Japan.  I saw this species twice - firstly the photographed bird was near Tsukiji Fish Market, and then later a small party came through a park we were visiting.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanopica
Subspecies: C. c. cyanus, C. c. pallescens, C. c. koreensis, C. c. stegmanni, C. c. swinhoei, C. c. interposita, C. c. kansuensis, C. c. japonica

 - Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Fairly common resident across Japan.
 - TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: Single bird seen near Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo and briefly a flock of 3 at Kyu Yasuda Park, Tokyo

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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