Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Species in news: Himalayan Magpies 


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Himalayan Magpies

Mains level: NA

Why in the news?

Blue magpie species are frequently observed from Kashmir to Myanmar.

About Himalayan Magpies

  • Magpies belong to the Corvidae family, which also includes crows, jays, and ravens.
  • These birds are typically noisy and inquisitive, often featured as omens in folklore around the world.
  • Species Distribution and Habitat:
    • Gold-billed Magpie (Urocissa flavirostris): Also known as the yellow-billed blue magpie, this species inhabits high altitudes between 2,000 and 3,000 meters above sea level, thriving in the high-altitude zones of the Himalayas from Kashmir to Myanmar.
    • Red-billed Magpie: Found at slightly lower altitudes than the gold-billed magpie.
    • Blue Magpie: Occupies lower altitudes and is more likely to be found near human settlements. It builds nests in rhododendron trees.
  • IUCN Status: ‘Least Concerned’


  • The best sightings of yellow and red-billed magpies are along a trekking corridor in Western Sikkim, which spans from tropical forests at lower altitudes to Alpine landscapes.
  • Over 250 species of birds have been documented in this region, with significant bird activity around 2,500 meters.


[2014] If you walk through countryside, you are likely to see some birds stalking alongside the cattle to seize the insects, disturbed by their movement through grasses.

Which of the following is/are such bird/birds?

  1. Painted Stork
  2. Common Myna
  3. Black-necked Crane

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 2 only

(c) 2 and 3

(d) 3 only

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