Sri Lanka Blue Magpie (Urocissa ornata)



The Sri Lanka Blue Magpie inhabits the hill forests of Sri Lanka where it is endemic and when you hear a loud chink-chink and a rasping krak-krak-krak-krak you will be able to identify it as the call of the Blue Magpie. This is a species of a dense wet evergreen temperate rainforest. It is declining due to loss of habitat. Sri Lanka Blue Magpie is usually found in small groups of up to sx or seven birds. It is largely carnivorous, eating small frogs, lizards, insects and other invertebrates, but will also eat fruit.

The cup-shaped stick nest is in a tree or shrub and there are usually 3-5 eggs laid. The eggs are white heavily spotted with brown. Both sexes build the nest and feed the young with only the female incbating them.

The Sri Lanka Blue Magpie is about the same size as the European Magpie at 42-47 cm. The adults are blue with chestnut head and wings, and a long white-tipped tail. The legs and bill are red.