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Red-billed Blue Magpie – Hong Kong Wildlife | 藍喜鵲 – 香港野生動物

Flying right outside my house comes these cheeky birds. They don’t only rob nests they also chow up snakes like sucking up noodles. Saw that. Nope. Didn’t “save” the snakes.

Red-billed blue magpie (Urocissa erythroryncha) is a member of the crow family. Not the most popular bird in Hong Kong but its Taiwanese cousin, Formosan blue magpie (Urocissa caerulea), is the national bird in Taiwan.

It is a resident bird in Hong Kong. Pretty common and widespread, especially in Mid-Levels on Hong Kong Island.

These are some of them having fun right outside my house at the peak these days. So I was just taking these snapshots while having coffee outside. So I was just taking these snapshots while having coffee outside.

Identifying this bird is easy. Its tail is longer than any other birds you can find in Hong Kong. The species is also found in Western Himalayas, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, and China. Typical habitats are mountains and forests.

They feed on seeds and fruits. I have also seen them hunting small animals from invertebrates, frogs, lizards to snakes! They rob nests, too.

Urocissa erythroryncha (Boddaert, 1783)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Urocissa
Species: U. erythroryncha

See more of my encounters with Hong Kong Wildlife.

紅嘴藍鵲是香港的定居鳥, 廣泛分佈於香港, 特別在香港的半山區。

這一隻是其中一隻在我們基地外玩耍的紅嘴藍鵲, 這些相片是我在喝咖啡的時候拍下來的。

要分辨這隻鳥很容易, 牠的尾巴比一般你在香港看到的鳥類長。這個品種在喜馬拉雅山脈西面, 緬甸, 柬埔寨, 老撾, 越南及中國。

牠們住在山嶺及森林內, 主要以節肢類, 種子及果實為食, 牠們也會搶其他烏類的巢呢。