Body length: 42 - 47 cm, wing length: 15.5 - 17 cm
Approx. 196 g
Estimated at 14,000
Central mountains and foothills of the wet zone of sri lanka
Master of mimicry. The Sri Lanka blue magpie uses mimicked alarm calls to make other birds believe a predator is in the vicinity. As these rivals fly away, the magpie helps itself to their food. It's such a good trick that drongos have learned to imitate the magpie's call and achieve the same effect. Foraging in groups of up to seven birds, the magpie hops from branch to branch searching for crickets, caterpillars, beetles and more. But as habitat loss and fragmentation take their toll, the master's calls are fading away.