Azure-winged Magpies

  • In reply to TeeJay:

    The picture Galatas put up in Feb.shows how the colours on our native bird can change in the light ,this may be the case here s no Azure birds have been reported on birding networks.


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  • In reply to Seaman:


    The long light blue tail and sandy body seals it for me the bird we saw may have escaped from someone’s collection but that is most defiantly what we saw.

    I have a fairly large garden and live near a 70 acre lake so we get many different types of birds in the garden, the most common bird visitors are Starlings, Wood Pigeons, Collared Doves and our common Magpie, as I look out of the window now, there are a pair of Magpies hopping around in the garden. I have seen 5 pairs of magpies in the garden at one time I think extremely unlikely that all three of us mistook such a familiar bird as our common magpie for the Azure Winged Magpie, the bird sat on the fence below me for at least 15 seconds so I had time to get a good look at him.

    The Azure Winged Magpie may physically resemble our common magpie but the colouring is quite different, that long light blue tail and the sandy coloured body leaves me in no doubt that the bird I saw was a Azure Winged Magpie

  • In reply to hobbs:

    Hobbs, that's wonderful - what an amazing sighting!  It must be said that five pairs of regular Magpies at once must have been quite a sight as well.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • In reply to Clare:

    I have never seen so many common magpies as I have in the last few years there numbers have increased over the last 5 years

  • In reply to hobbs:

    A couple more not very good photos of an Azure-winged. The first was from the same place in Spain ...

    ..... and this rather scruffy specimen was in the Algarve.

    I don't think there's any way one of these could have got here on its own so it must have escaped from somewhere. If you take photos it might be worth keeping the camera handy in case you see it again.



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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    Did you know there is also a separate Asian population, identical except for a white tip to the tail? It's a source of bafflement to ornithologists to have 2 far apart populations of birds.

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  • My Mother and I were in the kitchen this morning and just spotted what we believe to be an Azure-winged Magpie.

    Can you confirm this ?



  • In reply to G-Dazzle:

    G-Dazzle said:
    My Mother and I were in the kitchen this morning and just spotted what we believe to be an Azure-winged Magpie.

    Yes , whereabouts in the UK did you see this.




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  • This was Shropshire :)

    Thankyou for confirming
  • Interesting how occasional sightings of these birds occur. I think it must be presumed that it's an escape from somewhere. They are quite common in southern Spain and Portugal but it's hard to imagine how they could have got here on their own.



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