Common name for a 31 to 35 centimeter tall bird in the crow family, with the
scientific name Cyanopica cyana. It has a black hood,
a white throat, whilst the underparts and back are light off-white to grey in
colour, and the wings and the feathers of the long tail are −apart from the
white tip− azure blue. This species occurs over much eastern Asia, including
China, Korea, Japan, and Mongolia, where
inhabits various types of conifers, especially pine trees, as well as broadleaf
forests, including parks and gardens. Azure-winged Magpies often occur in groups
which at times may even form large flocks.
See also WILDLIFE PICTURES.