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.There is the possibility that on earth their population may be just about 100.[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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