Azure-winged Magpies in Inokashira Park, Tokyo

Azure-winged Magpies in Inokashira Park, Tokyo

The azure-winged magpie is a bird in the crow family. It is 31–35 cm long and similar in overall shape to the Eurasian magpie, but is more slender with proportionately smaller legs and bill. It belongs to the genus Cyanopica.

It has a glossy black top to the head and a white throat. The underparts and the back are a light grey-fawn in colour with the wings and the feathers of the long (16–20 cm) tail an azure blue.

It inhabits various types of coniferous (mainly pine) and broadleaf forest, including parks and gardens in the eastern populations. It occurs over a large region of eastern Asia in most of China, Korea, Japan, and north into Mongolia and southern Siberia.

Inokashira Park is a park which straddles in western Tokyo.

Video Source: Beautiful Azure-winged Magpies Living in Inokashira Park from Birbs of Japan on YoutubeCC BY