Birdorable Red-billed Blue-Magpie

2020 Bonanza Bird #15: Red-billed Blue Magpie

December 8th, 2020 in Birdorable Bonanza 2020, Magpies 3 comments
Birdorable Red-billed Blue-Magpie

Today’s new Birdorable is a species of corvid (the family of birds that includes crows, jays, and ravens) found in parts of Asia. The Red-billed Blue-Magpie is a stunner!

Red-billed Blue-Magpies have extraordinarily long tails – among the longest of any corvid species. In addition to their long tails, they can be recognized by their sharp dark blue, black, and white plumage, and by their bright red-orange bills.

They are fairly gregarious, often found in small feeding flocks of 6-8 individuals.

Red-billed Blue Magpie
Red-billed Blue Magpie in Timlipani, Uttarakhand, India by soumyajit nandy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Tomorrow we’ll add a species of swallow found in open habitat in South America. This cutie is named after the color of its rump! Can you guess the species from this cheeky clue?