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Key Points About Himalayan Magpies

Context:

Recently, the enchanting Himalayan magpies have garnered increased attention as researchers delve deeper into their habitats and behaviours.

Relevance:

GS III: Environment and Ecology

Key Points About Himalayan Magpies:

  • Corvidae Family and Magpies: Magpies belong to the Corvidae family, known for noisy, inquisitive birds like crows, jays, and ravens, often associated with folklore.
  • Appearance and Habitat: Striking in appearance, Himalayan magpies are noticeable species found in the region, classified as “least concern” on the IUCN Red List.
  • Species Diversity: Blue magpies, gold-billed magpies, and red-billed magpies are common in the Himalayas, each occupying different altitude zones.
  • Distribution: Gold-billed magpies inhabit higher altitudes, while red-billed magpies are found at lower heights, often near human settlements.
  • Observation Corridors: Trekking corridors in Western Sikkim offer prime sightings of magpies, attracting bird enthusiasts and tourists.
  • Nesting and Behavior: Magpies build nests in rhododendron trees using twigs and grass, displaying varying social behaviors from solitary to flocking.
  • Threats and Conservation: Human encroachment in forested areas poses challenges to magpie habitats, and sustainable tourism practices are crucial for their conservation.

-Source: The Hindu


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