Javan green magpie

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Javan green magpie
Javan Green Magpie at Chester Zoo.png
Immature male at Chester Zoo
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cissa
Species: C. thalassina
Binomial name
Cissa thalassina
(Temminck, 1826)

The Javan green magpie (Cissa thalassina) is a passerine bird in the crow family, Corvidae. This critically endangered species is endemic to montane forests on the Indonesian island of Java.[2] It formerly included the Bornean green magpie as a subspecies, in which case the "combined" species was known as the short-tailed magpie.[2]

In the wild, they naturally dye themselves bright green by eating green insects that contain a yellow pigment called lutein. When they're kept in cages, their colour can change from green to bright blue due to inadequate diet.[3]

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Cissa thalassina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Van Balen S et al., 2011. Biology, taxonomy and conservation status of the Short-tailed Green Magpie Cissa thalassina from Java. Bird Conservation International FirstView Article, pp 1-19.
  3. ^ Gill, Victoria. "Sold for a song: The forest birds captured for their tuneful voices". BBC News. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
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