Object of the Month - April 2017
The common green magpie (Cissa chinensis) is a member of the crow family, roughly about the size of the Eurasian jay or slightly smaller. It is bright green in color (often fades to turquoise in captivity), slightly lighter on the underside and has a thick black stripe from its bill to the nape. The wings are reddish maroon. Due to excess exposure to sunlight, they often appear turquoise (instead of green) in captivity. After its death, the color of the bird changes into blue. Like other Magpies, the Green Magpies are shy birds and not easy to see.
It is found in the area starting from the lower Himalayas in north eastern India up to central Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and northwestern Borneo - in a broad south easterly band- in evergreen forest, clearings and scrub.
This bird finds its food both on the ground and in trees. They are carnivorous and mainly feed on arthropods and small vertebrates. It will also eat flesh from a recently killed carcass.
Green magpie builds hefty roofed nests mainly on the trees and tall bushes; often in tangles of various climbing vines. They mainly use sticks, leaves and mud for building their bowl-shaped nest. They usually lay 4–6 eggs at a time. They are also known for their lifelong pairings.