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Green Magpie

Cissa chinensis


A member of the crow family. It is a vivid green in colour, slightly lighter on the underside and has a thick black stripe from the bill (through the eyes) to the nape. Compared to the other members of its genus, the white-tipped tail is quite long. This all contrasts vividly with the red fleshy eye rims, bill and legs. The wings are reddish maroon.


Found from the lower Himalayas in north eastern India in a broad south easterly band down into central Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and northwestern Borneo in evergreen forest (including bamboo forest), clearings and scrub.


Not uncommon but highly elusive.

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45 Comments (1–25)

Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

What an incredible series.

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

Fantastic images

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

awesome series, Dive, and congrats i like the 2nd one

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 9 years ago

Lovely... Very nice series.... I love it..

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago


SandraPereira 9 years ago

Amazing pictures

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago

Very Beautiful !

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 9 years ago

Nice shot!

Dr.PonMalar 10 years ago

wow.. :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Congratulations DiveMUster ! - I must say the bill and eye look a little like that of a crow, especially in pic #2. - amazing colours and great photos..

DiveMUster 10 years ago

Thank you everyone for your kind wishes! It is a great honour to have this as the SOTD.

williefromwi 10 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD. Nicely captured.

Phil_S 10 years ago

Congrats on SOTD!

Zulkifly Amir
Zulkifly Amir 10 years ago


what a magnificent photo collection

carlos.velazco 10 years ago

This is a really nice photo!

Anne Marie McCaffrey
Anne Marie McCaffrey 10 years ago

Beautiful bird!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Congrats. Someone should tell this crow it should be black.

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Congratulations for SOTD!

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Gorgeous bird colors and photos. Congratulations!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome bird and shots! Congrats!

ToshimiDowaki 10 years ago

Wonderful! Congratulations for SOTD!

tibiprada 10 years ago

gorgeous species.. happy SOTD.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Congrats Lim... You have presented very beautiful and fantastically captured spectacular poses.

Jeannette 10 years ago

Great series, congratulations :)

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 10 years ago

Amazing beauty! Congratulations!

Spotted by

Bukit Fraser, Pahang, Malaysia

Spotted on Nov 18, 2012
Submitted on Nov 19, 2012

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