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Azure-winged Magpie

Azure-winged Magpie
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Copyright: Emin Yogurtcuoglu (goldfinchtr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 22 N: 502] (2603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-18
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-09 11:50
Viewed: 4162
Points: 10
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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 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 30 birds, and 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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Emin merhaba
bayağı bir sürpriz oldu. İspanyadan kim bu derken (takmaadını unutmuşum, görmeye görmeye) baktım sensin. harika bir çekim olmuş. bu güzel kuşu hep kitaplarda ve internette gördüm. iki kez gittiğim İspanyada da görme şansı yakalayamamıştım. umarım diğer gözlemlerin de en az bunun kadar güzeldir.
iyi akşamlar, selamlar.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-09 20:50]

Hello Emin,

This is a good portret of the bird. Despite the rear POV you have got a good eye contact with the bird. The image is sharp showing well the whole bird. Plumage pattern and colors can be well seen. Blurry background enhaces the sharpness of the main subject adding value to the image.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-10 0:10]

hi emin,
beautiful bird in good composition and with a nice background, very colorful too. you could have left some more space on top of the frame, it would have made great. tfs.

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-10-10 1:39]

Emin, That is a very beautiful bird. The background provides a nice contrast. Your low point of view captured its Azure wings very well and provided you a much cleaner background. The exposure is fantastic to the extent, I can see the black eyes set in the black head clearly.
- Murali

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-10 4:40]

Emin nefis bir poz olmuş ellerine sağlık.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-10 9:38]

Hi Emin
Nice colours good composition and details.
Excellent background.
Have a good weekend
regards Jiri.

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