594. Cyanopica cooki

594. AZURE-WINGED MAGPIE.
CYANOPICA COOKI.
Cyanopica cooki, P. Z. S. 1850, p. 86 ; Dresser, iv. p. 503. pl. 259 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. iii p. 69 ; (Gould), B. of E. pl. 217.
Rabilongo, Portug. ; Rabilargo, Mohino, Span.
Male ad. (Spain). Crown, nape, and sides of the head velvety black ; back, scapulars, and rump brownish dove-colour, greyer on the upper tail- coverts, wings rich blue, most of the feathers black on the inner web, some white on the terminal half of the outer web ; tail much graduated, rich blue, the outer feathers very narrowly tipped with white ; under parts white, the flanks and under tail coverts washed with ashy brown ; beak and legs black ; iris blackish brown. Culmen 1.0, wing .5.3, tail 8.2, tarsus 1.4 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Confined to Spain and Portugal.
In general habits this species resembles both the Magpie and Jay, more especially the former. It is not shy and affects gardens and groves more especially where the evergreen oak is plentiful. Its flight resembles that of the Magpie but is softer. Its food consists of insects of various kinds, but it is said also to eat fruit occasionally. Its nest, which is placed on the branch of a tree at no great altitude, is constructed of dry twigs and sticks, interwoven with grass and moss, and lined with grass or wool ; the eggs from 5 to 7 in number are usually deposited in May and vary in ground colour from dull greenish white to dull stone-colour or dark buff and are marked with pale purplish brown shell-blotches and dark brown surface-spots. In some the markings are more numerous round the larger end, and in size they average about 1.08 by 0.81.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
594. Cyanopica cooki
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
594
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
416
Common name: 
Azure Winged Magpie
M_ID: 
7757
M_CN: 
Cook's Swift
M_SN: 
Apus cooki
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
9989

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