Azure-winged Magpie (subspecies C. c. japonica) near Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan - November 2014
Local Name (Japan): o-naga (オナガ) "long-tail"
Featured Subspecies: Cyanopica cyana japonica
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.
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