Sri Lanka Blue Magpies or Ceylon Magpies
This is a species of a dense wet evergreen temperate rain forest. It is declining due to loss of this habitat. Sri Lanka Blue Magpie is usually found in small groups of up to six or seven birds.
Sri Lanka Blue Magpie is about the same size as the European Magpie at 42–47 cm.
The adults are blue with chestnut head and wings, and a long white-tipped tail. The legs and bill are red. The young bird is a duller version of the adult.
Nesting / Breeding
The cup-shaped stick nest is in a tree or shrub and there are usually 3–5 eggs laid. The eggs are white heavily spotted with brown. Both sexes build the nest and feed the young with only the female incubating them.
Calls / Vocalizations
It is largely carnivorous, eating small frogs, lizards, insects and other invertebrates, but will eat fruit.
Calls / Vocalizations
Sri Lanka Blue Magpie has a variety of calls including mimicry, a loud chink-chink and a rasping krak-krak-krak-krak.
In Sri Lanka, this bird is known as Kehibella in Sinhala Language. Blue Magpie appears in a 10c Sri Lankan postal stamp, which was in wide usage in 1980s through 1990s
- Anonymous (1998). "Vernacular Names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent" (PDF). Buceros 3 (1): 53–109. http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/vol%203%20(1).pdf.
- BirdLife International (2004). Urocissa ornata. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is vulnerable and the criteria used
- Birds of India by Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6
- Crows and Jays by Madge and Burn, ISBN 0-7136-3999-7
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