Bornean green magpie

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Bornean green magpie
Illustration by John Gerrard Keulemans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cissa
Species: C. jefferyi
Binomial name
Cissa jefferyi
Sharpe, 1888
At Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia

The Bornean green magpie (Cissa jefferyi) is a passerine bird in the crow family, Corvidae. It is endemic to montane forests on the southeast Asian island of Borneo.[2] It was formerly included as a subspecies of the Javan green magpie, but under the common name Short-tailed Green Magpie.[2] Uniquely among the green magpies, the Bornean green magpie has whitish eyes (dark reddish-brown in the other species).[2]

It dwells in thick vegetation in the mid and upper storeys of forests, and makes only short flights.[3]

The Bornean green magpie builds an open cup nest of sticks in the canopy. The fascinating nesting behaviors of this bird can be viewed at this link. The Bornean green magpie has a rather harsh call; a reminder that they are passerine birds which belong to the crow family Corvidae.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Cissa jefferyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Van Balen S et al., 2011. Biology, taxonomy and conservation status of the Short-tailed Green Magpie Cissa thalassina from Java. Bird Conservation International FirstView Article, pp 1-19.
  3. ^ Whitten, Tony and Jane (1992). Wild Indonesia: The Wildlife and Scenery of the Indonesian Archipelago. United Kingdom: New Holland. p. 131. ISBN 1-85368-128-8. 
  4. ^ Dr. Mithilesh Mishra (27 August 2009). "Short-tailed Green Magpie catches a cicada". Retrieved 29 June 2012.