my idea of this mission 💯 is to identify and understand behavior of 100 species of birds found in india.
50: yellow-billed blue magpie
sn: urocissa flavirostris
the yellow-billed blue magpie or gold-billed magpie is a passerine bird in the crow and jay family, corvidae.the species ranges across the northern parts of the indian subcontinent including the lower himalayas.
length 66 cm, including tail of about 46 cm. sexes alike. head, neck, and b****t black, with a white patch on the nape; remainder of lower plumage white, faintly tinged with lilac; whole upper plumage purplish-blue, brighter on the wings and tail; flight-feathers tipped with white, the outermost edged with the same; tail long and graduated, the feathers blue, broadly tipped with white.
the blue magpies are, as may be judged from their handsome tails, essentially arboreal birds; though, while they are most usually to be met with in heavy jungle areas, they also venture out into the trees amongst cultivation, and at times on to bare mountain sides at high elevations. they frequently feed on the ground and then adopt a curious hopping gait, with the tail held high to prevent it coming into contact with the ground.
the food consists of small mammals, the eggs and young of other birds, insects, and wild fruits and berries of various kinds. this bird is very noisy; the ordinary call is harsh and grating, but it has a wide variety of notes, some of which are melodious enough.
the nest is built in a fork of a tree, usually of moderate size but with dense foliage, and is difficult to find. it is a rather large and roughly constructed cup of sticks with a lining of fine grass, roots and fibres. the clutch consists of three or four eggs.
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