Bornean green magpie

The Bornean green magpie (Cissa jefferyi) is a passerine bird in the crow family, Corvidae. It is endemic to montane forests on the southeast Asian island of Borneo.[2] It was formerly included as a subspecies of the Javan green magpie, but under the common name Short-tailed Green Magpie.[2] Uniquely among the green magpies, the Bornean green magpie has whitish eyes (dark reddish-brown in the other species).[2]

Bornean green magpie
In Sabah, Malaysia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cissa
C. jefferyi
Binomial name
Cissa jefferyi
Sharpe, 1888

It dwells in thick vegetation in the mid and upper storeys of forests, and makes only short flights.[3]

The Bornean green magpie builds an open cup nest of sticks in the canopy. The Bornean green magpie has a rather harsh call; a reminder that they are passerine birds which belong to the crow family Corvidae.[4]


  1. BirdLife International (2013). "Cissa jefferyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. Van Balen S et al., 2011. Biology, taxonomy and conservation status of the Short-tailed Green Magpie Cissa thalassina from Java. Bird Conservation International FirstView Article, pp 1-19.
  3. Whitten, Tony and Jane (1992). Wild Indonesia: The Wildlife and Scenery of the Indonesian Archipelago. United Kingdom: New Holland. p. 131. ISBN 1-85368-128-8.
  4. Dr. Mithilesh Mishra (27 August 2009). "Short-tailed Green Magpie catches a cicada". Retrieved 29 June 2012.
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