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Red-billed blue magpie

Urocissa erythroryncha

This brightly coloured member of the crow family has a long tail with striking blue and white feathers which are thought to be used during courtship displays. The bill, legs, feet and ring around the eye are also vibrant tones of orange and red.

Crows, in general, and magpies especially are considered to be very intelligent birds. They are the same size as the European magpie except with a much longer tail. They can be up to 68cm long and weigh up to 232g.

We became home to this bird in 2016 when we welcomed a male bird from Chester Zoo and a female bird from Paignton Zoo. In 2017, we celebrated when two chicks hatched.

IUCN red list status

The IUCN status of the red-billed blue magpie is least concern.

The IUCN status of the red-billed blue magpie is least concern.

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Conservation status

The IUCN considers the red-billed blue magpie to not be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.


Mountainous forests


There is not currently enough information regarding the population of this bird.


Omnivore. This bird eats a wide range of food, such as invertebrates, small mammals, fruit and seeds. On occasion they will rob nests of chicks and eggs.