Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler
Taiwan Scimitar Babbler
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An elongated (63–69 cm) blue magpie. The long tail accounts for some 40 cm of this length. The body plumage is rich azure-blue, with black head, neck, throat and breast, red beak and feet, and yellow iris. Two very long white-tipped feathers protrude from the tail.
Formosan Magpies feed on a variety of foods, including fruits, insects, lizards, snakes, bird's eggs, birds, and small mammals. They especially like papayas, persimmons, and other fruits, when they can find them. They give a metallic call of "ge-- kang, kang, kang."
Parties of Formosan Magpies often fly in
the so-called "long-tailed formation," with each
Relatively uncommon to locally common through their main range. Absent from cleared western lowlands.
Local common name: long-tailed mountain lady.
References: The Complete Guide to Birds in Taiwan, Jin-yuan Wang
Endemic Species of Taiwan, compiled by
Formosan Magpie by Wang Chen-Wen