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Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus  
Azure-winged Magpie
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing City, China
Date : 9 October 2012
English synonyms:Asian Azure-winged Magpie
Bird Family :Corvini - Jays, Magpies, Treepies, Ground-jays, Nutcrackers, Choughs, Jackdaws, Crows, Rook & Ravens
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Habitat: An extensive park with some open grounds

The wings and tail are described as "azure blue"and the mantle as "light grey-fawn"

There are 3 Magpies to be found in Beijing. Two are common. The Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica) & the Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyana). The third is the Red-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha) which I saw only twice with no images.

Apparently the Chinese name implies “Happy Bird” and these birds are important in Chinese culture. There are a symbol of happiness and if you hear one sing (quite common for the Azure-winged Magpie) then it foretells happiness and good luck. So we must expect much blessing to come.

The Manchurian consider them sacred, and, as they took over leadership in latter part of Chinese history, these birds have possible done well unlike other species.

Posting here the Azure-winged Magpie.

A sweet, large bird that is common in most parks. Usually in a group of 5-15. Rather vocal and visible but camera shy. Usually feeding on acorns or other pine nuts but will also take food thrown to them in parks by locals, especially rice - Amar
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