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(Photo No. B-950)

  1. © Winston D. Munnings (Greeting Card Sample). Just the perfect vehicle for sending well wishes to that Special someone. Incidentally, this Greeting Card can also be framed for use as Wall Art.

The Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyana) is a bird in the crow family. It is 31–35 cm long and similar in overall shape to the European Magpie (Pica pica) but is more slender with proportionately smaller legs and bill. It belongs to the monotypical genus Cyanopica.

It has a glossy black top to the head and a white throat. The underparts and the back are a light grey-fawn in colour with the wings and the feathers of the long (16–20 cm) tail are an azure blue. It inhabits various types of coniferous (mainly pine) and broadleaf forest, including parks and gardens in the eastern populations.

It occurs in two population groups separated by a huge geographical region between. One population lives in Western Europe, specifically the southwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula, in Spain and Portugal. The other population occurs over a much larger region of eastern Asia in most of China, Korea, Japan, and north into Mongolia. Recent genetic analysis has shown that the two populations are distinct at species level, under which the Iberian Azure-winged Magpie would take the name Cyanopica cooki, though this change has yet to be formally incorporated in the European bird list.

Often Azure-winged Magpies find food as a family group or several groups making flocks of up to 70 birds. The largest groups congregate after the breeding season and throughout the winter months. Their diet consists mainly of acorns (oak seeds) and pine nuts, extensively supplemented by invertebrates and their larvae, soft fruits and berries, and also human-provided scraps in parks and towns.

This species usually nests in loose, open colonies with a single nest in each tree. There are usually between 6–8 eggs that are incubated for 15 days.
The voice is a quick fired and metallic sounding kwink-kwink-kwink usually preceded by a single krarrah.

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Originally from the The Islands I was born in Nassau, historic Capital of the 700 Islands Of The Bahamas Archipelago. I am a former Print Media Journalist & Broadcast Journalist (News Anchor & Editor) for radio and television. I am also retired as Consul General after two decades in the Diplomatic Service of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. I studied Photography at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (A College of Professional Studies) and at the New York Institute of Photography.

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Comments

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...over 3 years ago

    Love the sharp detail and bright color!!

  • Thank you Ken.
    Greatly appreciated. Think I am really going to like this capture. Something very regal about it :-o)

    Cheers!

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Ooooo Winston how beautiful what an awesome blue! Beautiful shot too, great color and detail!

  • Thank you.
    Have been trying to get a good shot for sometime now. Happy you like and, as always, thanks for commenting.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Winston.cheers mate.

  • Thank you so much!

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 3 years ago

    fabulous work, and terrific information – thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you so much for commenting. Greatly appreciate mate.

    Cheers!

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful bird this is!

  • Many thanks.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful little bird and so well captured Winston.

  • Thanks Andrea.
    I always appreciate your comments about my work.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 3 years ago

    Nice shot,Winston,and a beautiful bird!!

  • Thank you my friend.
    Always appreciate a visit.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • Sheridan Farrow
    Sheridan Farrowover 3 years ago

    Great clarity & colors, fab capture

  • Thank you Sheridan.
    Greatly appreciated and thanks for visiting.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    March 6, 2011

  • Thank you so much Teresa for featuring my work in The Birds grouping. It is greatly appreciated and thanks again.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Oooooo Winston this little blue beauty is so deserving of this feature! Congratulations my friend!

  • Thank you so much Tina.
    This is fast becoming a fav for me too (lol). Love those blues.

    – Winston D. Munnings

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