|Javan green magpie (Cissa thalassina)|
F. Boie, 1826
Cissa is a genus of relatively short-tailed magpies, though sometimes known as hunting cissas, that reside in the forests of tropical and subtropical southeast Asia and adjacent regions. The four species are quite similar with bright red bills, a mainly green plumage, black mask, and rufous wings. Due to excess exposure to sunlight (and, possibly, a low-carotenoid diet), they often appear rather turquoise (instead of green) in captivity. They are carnivorous, and mainly feed on arthropods and small vertebrates.
The genus Cissa contains four species:
|Species of Cissa|
|Common and binomial names||Image||Description||Range|
|Common green magpie
|Lower Himalayas to mainland southeast Asia, as well as Borneo and Sumatra|
|Indochinese green magpie
|Mainland southeast Asia and adjacent parts of China|
|Javan green magpie
|Bornean green magpie
- Van Balen, S.; Easton, J.A.; and Rheindt, J.A. (2011). Biology, taxonomy and conservation status of the Short-tailed Green Magpie Cissa thalassina from Java. Bird Conservation International 23(01): 1-19.
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