Blue Magpie eating Red-whiskered Bulbul

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Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha), also known as Red-billed Blue Magpie and Red-billed Magpie, is a lowland arboreal species of the subtropical forests. It is distinctive in its red bill and long tail. It is found over most of the far east of mainland Asia. It moves in small parties of up to a dozen birds.

The diet of the Blue Magpie includes invertebrates, fruits, small frogs, snakes, lizards, rodents, nestling birds, eggs and carrion.

This image of the Blue Magpie eating a Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) (top) was taken by Jianzhong Liu a.k.a. Jz in Hongkong. Obviously the magpie takes more than just nestlings – adult birds too!

This post is a cooperative effort between www.naturepixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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