Black-rumped magpie

The black-rumped magpie (Pica bottanensis) is a species of magpie found in central Bhutan to westcentral China.[1] It was formerly classified as a subspecies of the Eurasian magpie (Pica pica).

Black-rumped magpie
From Bumthang, Bhutan.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Pica
P. bottanensis
Binomial name
Pica bottanensis
Delessert, 1840

A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2018 found that the black-rumped magpie is a sister species to the Asir magpie from south-western Saudi Arabia.[2]


  1. Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Crows, mudnesters, birds-of-paradise". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  2. Song, S.; Zhang, R.; Alström, P.; Irestedt, M.; Cai, T.; Qu, Y.; Ericson, P.G.P.; Fjeldså, J.; Lei, F. (2017). "Complete taxon sampling of the avian genus Pica (magpies) reveals ancient relictual populations and synchronous Late-Pleistocene demographic expansion across the Northern Hemisphere". Journal of Avian Biology. 49 (2): 1–14. doi:10.1111/jav.01612.

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