Urocissa Cabanis, 1850 sec. Corvids of the World

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Urocissa Cabanis, 1850 sec. Corvids of the World



Asia-Temperate China (China North-Central nativeA, China South-Central nativeA, China Southeast nativeA, Hainan (Hainan nativeA), Inner Mongolia nativeA, Manchuria (Liaoning nativeA,1), Tibet (Tibet nativeA,2)); Eastern Asia (Taiwan (Taiwan nativeA)), Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent (Assam (Mizoram nativeA, Tripura nativeA), East Himalaya nativeA, Nepal (Nepal nativeA), Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka nativeA), West Himalaya nativeA); Indo-China nativeA
1. S Liaoning, 2. SE Xizang (Tibet)


Nostrils situated near base of culmen and covered by rather soft plumes contra stiff bristles in true magpies (Pica).B

Brood parasite


Philopterus urocissae R.D. Price & Hellenthal, 1998D

Type specimens (Remarks)

Cabanis listed two species and the type was subsequently designated as Cuculus sinensis Linnaeus by Gray (1855, Cat. Gen. Subgen. Birds, p. 63). However, according to Hartert (1921, Vög. pal. Fauna, p.2027), Cuculus sinensis Linnaeus is not identifiable and the correct type of Urocissa is erythrorhyncha (=Corvus erythrorhyncha Boddaert).E


A. 2003: The Howard and Moore complete checklist of the birds of the world. 3rd Edition: 504-515
B. Ali, S. & Ripley, S.D. 1972: Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan. 5: 203 [711]
C. Makatsch, W. 1955: Brood parasitism in birds. [Der Brutparasitismus in der Vogelwelt.]: 192 [8672]
D. Price & Hellenthal: Taxonomy of Philopterus (Phthiraptera: Philopteridae) from the Corvidae (Passeriformes), with descriptions of nine new species. – Annals of the Entomological Society of America 91 (6): 782-799 [78]
E. The birds of the Palearctic Fauna: Passeriformes.: 152 [2882]