Pica pica subsp. bottanensis Delessert, 1840 sec. Corvids of the World

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Pica pica subsp. bottanensis Delessert, 1840 sec. Corvids of the World

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Common Name

English: Himalayan MagpieA

Distribution

Asia-Temperate China (China South-Central nativeB, Qinghai (Qinghai nativeB), Tibet (Tibet nativeB,C,1)), Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent (East Himalaya (Bhutan nativeB,C,2), India (Andhra Pradesh native3))
1. S and E Tibet, 2. N Bhutan, 3. N Andhra Pradesh

Description

Glossy black, with the scapulars, abdomen, and inner webs of the primaries (except at the tip) pure white. Wing longer, tail not so long as in the European Magpie (P. p. pica), and the gey band across the rump of the latter is absendt; billis also slightly longer.

Length 18 to 20 inches; wing 9,25 to 10; tail 10,75; bill at front 1 5/8; tarsuch 2 1/8.C

Habitat

Inhabits the wildest parts of Ladakh, prefers the wastes of little Tibet to the cultivated and wooded mountains in Cashmere.C

Bibliography

A. Jerdon, T.C. 1863: The Birds of India : being a natural history of all the birds known to inhabit continental India, with descriptions of the species, genera, families, tribes, and orders, and a brief notice of such families as are not found in India, making it a manual of ornithology specially adapted for India. v. 2, pt. 1: 305 [1228]
B. 2003: The Howard and Moore complete checklist of the birds of the world. 3rd Edition: 504-515
C. Jerdon, T.C. 1863: The Birds of India : being a natural history of all the birds known to inhabit continental India, with descriptions of the species, genera, families, tribes, and orders, and a brief notice of such families as are not found in India, making it a manual of ornithology specially adapted for India. v. 2, pt. 1: 305-306 [1228]