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Yellow-billed Blue Magpie

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-30 6:44
Viewed: 5224
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Gold-billed Magpie or Yellow-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa flavirostris) is a passerine bird in the crow family, Corvidae.

Corvidae is a cosmopolitan family of oscine passerine birds that contains the crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers.The common English name used is corvids (more technically) or the crow family (more informally), and there are over 120 species. The genus Corvus, including the crows and ravens, makes up over a third of the entire family.

They are considered the most intelligent of the birds having demonstrated self-awareness in mirror tests (European Magpies) and tool making ability (Crows) — skills until recently regarded as solely the province of humans and a few other higher mammals. They are medium to large in size, with strong feet and bills, rictal bristles and a single moult each year (most passerines moult twice).

Corvids are found worldwide except for the tip of South America and the polar ice caps. The majority of the species are found in tropical South and Central America, southern Asia and Eurasia, with fewer than 10 species each in Africa, Australasia and North America. The genus Corvus has re-entered Australia in relatively recent geological prehistory, with five species and one subspecies there.


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Hello Ram,

A bit more colourful than the local magpies I see outside hehehe!
And that tail is amazing...
The bird is well framed and with good details!

Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-30 7:16]

Your archives seem to be limitless Ram.
This is a real beauty. The Yellow billed magpie is rarely featured on TN and you have made a fine capture from a good POV that shows its features with excellent sharpness and natural colours. The yellow bill and tail are striking features and its blue plumage very attractive.
Thanks for pulling this one out of the bag!
Best regards,

Incredible bird! Good detailed photograph. regards yiannis


This bird is a real treat for the eyes especially the blue white pattern. Thanks for sharing.


hello Ram
beautiful coloured bird with great details
pity for the sharpness
greeting lou

Hi Ram,
what a nice photo of this unusual bird. Amazing colours. Great sharpness and composition.
Have a nice evening,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-30 8:51]

Hi Ram,a great capture,very very good sharpness and natural colors,just a little noised the background...and a beautiful specie!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-30 9:24]

Hello Ram,
Very nice photo of this Yellow-billed Blue Magpie. Isn't it new on TN? Beautiful colours, good sharpness and a nice composition. A pity that I see some noise.

Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, excellent sharpness and wonderful details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-30 13:17]

Hello Ram.
This bird has stunning plumage colours. Congrats on a well composed shot. Nice light and very good sharpness.Best regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-05-31 4:16]

Hello Ram,
This is really a special and funny looking bird with its long tail. They look a lot better as our Magpies! Natural and fine shot of this rarely shown species. You still hide a lot of surprise in your archives!
Kind regards

Bonjour Ram,
Très bonne maitrise de la lumière faisant resplendir les couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Impressive bird Ram! The colours are fantastic. Is this a very big bird or the path is very narrow?

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-05-31 10:58]

Hi Ram.
This is realy incredible Magpie, beautiful colors and amazing tail. Thanks for sharing and have good veek.
Best regards Milos

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-01 7:47]

Hello Ram,
What a beautiful Magpie in fantastic colours! I like the POV very much where you show the lovely hind plumage. Great focus, beautiful light and well framed!
Hope all is well with you and your family!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

It is a very rare capture with great sharpness and very natural colour Mr. Thakur. It is not possible if the photographer is not a passionate nature lover.

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