Crows (Corvidae)

Short-tailed Green Magpie (Cissa thalassina) - HBW 14, p. 597

French: Pirolle à queue courte German: Buschelster Spanish: Urraca Colicorta
Other common names: Short-tailed Magpie/Cissa; Bornean Magie (jefferyi)

Taxonomy: Kitta thalassina Temminck, 1826, Java and Sumatra.
Although often expanded to encompass Urocissa, present genus is distinctive in appearance of its members (the green magpies). This species forms a superspecies with C. chinensis and C. hypoleuca, and sometimes treated as conspecific with latter. Race jefferyi well differentiated and has been considered a separate species; further study, including molecular analysis, required. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • jefferyi Sharpe, 1888 - N Borneo from Mt Kinabalu S to Mt Murud, the Usan Apau plateau and Mt Dulit.
  • thalassina ( Temminck, 1826) - W Java.