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Sri Lanka blue magpie

Urocissa ornata

Description:

The Sri Lanka blue magpie is a member of the crow family living in the hill forests of Sri Lanka & It is endemic.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. It is largely carnivorous, eating small frogs, lizards, insects and other invertebrates, but will eat fruit.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.The 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.The Sri Lanka blue magpie has a variety of calls including mimicry, a loud chink-chink and a rasping krak-krak-krak-krak.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka_blue_magpie)

Notes:

found @ Singharaja Rain forest

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24 Comments

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

We have Magpies in the western US, but none this colorful. Great shot!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Thank you subhojit !!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Thanks JakelineBarros!!

JakelineBarros
JakelineBarros 6 years ago

Amazing bird!! ♡♡

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Thank you for the comment Magazhu!!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Thanks daniellesmart02!!!!!!

daniellesmart02
daniellesmart02 6 years ago

Very beautiful! :)

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Thank you hillarymoers!!!!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Thank you very much chamalka!!!

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 6 years ago

Lovely pic Dilan.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Thank you Bhagya!~!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

Our cute birdy.... lovely capture Dilo....

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Thanks Ashutosh,Adarsha,Mark,Jae & poppyrowley77 for your nice comments!!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 6 years ago

Beautiful!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Such a beautiful bird..Lovely colors :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

That's amazing Dilan. What a bird.

Jae
Jae 6 years ago

Wow great spotting, Dilan. Thanks for sharing.

poppyrowley77
poppyrowley77 6 years ago

What a beautiful bird! :))

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Agree with you ShannaB!!I will add a small description now!!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Thank you SukanyaDatta,James,Daniele & ShannaB for your lovely comments!!!

ShannaB
ShannaB 6 years ago

Wow, what a beautiful bird. So sad that, like so many of our beautiful animals, it's listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to loss of habitat.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

What a beautiful bird Dilan!

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Beautiful Dilan!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

A new one for me. Lovely shot, Dilan. It posed so prettily for the camera.

Dilan Chathuranga
Spotted by
Dilan Chathuranga

Sri Lanka

Spotted on Oct 17, 2014
Submitted on Oct 21, 2014

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