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Azure-winged Magpie

Cyanopica cyanus


It occurs in two population groups separated by a huge geographical region between. One population lives in Western Europe, specifically the southwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula, in Spain and Portugal. The other population occurs over a much larger region of eastern Asia in most of China, Korea, Japan, and north into Mongolia. Recent genetic analysis has shown that the two populations are distinct at species level,[1] under which the Iberian Azure-winged Magpie would take the name Cyanopica cooki, though this change has yet to be formally incorporated in the European bird list.

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Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 12 years ago

Thank you Atul!
It is 31–35 cm long, so it's a bit smaller than the European Magpie.

Atul 12 years ago

looks like a pretty big magpies as compared to others in the magpie family
great pic

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 12 years ago

Tanks for your comments!
The colors of this birds are striking and also they can camouflage with the landscape successfully.

MickGrant 12 years ago

Nice photo

Dangermouse 12 years ago

Shy birds, great that you could get a good photo of one. I have taken photos before, but none have ever been good as I have been too far away. Good-looking birds, and thanks for the info too.

Noe and Pili
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Noe and Pili

Torrejón el Rubio, Extremadura, Spain

Spotted on Apr 17, 2011
Submitted on May 29, 2011

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