Javan Green Magpie

Critically Endangered

Hand Painted Engraving

75 x 75 cm

£2200 (unframed)

The Javan Green Magpie (Cissa chinensis) is a song bird native to Western Java and Indonesia. It is a member of the crow family and inhabits dense mountain forests, mostly evergreen, bamboo and scrub.
It is born blue and then becomes green due to the yellow carotenoids in its diet of lizards, insects and frogs.
Captive, its feathers turn blue as carotenoids are destroyed by light.
Loss of habitat and illegal poaching have made this bird one of the most endangered in the world, with fewer than fifty remaining in the wild.
Bird singing competitions have become so popular that thirteen species of song bird, including the Javan Green Magpie are now on the brink of extinction.
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