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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Corvida
Superfamilia: Corvoidea

Familia: Corvidae
Genus: Urocissa
Species: U. caerulea – U. erythrorhyncha – U. flavirostris – U. ornata – U. whiteheadi

Urocissa Cabanis, 1850
Vernacular names
English: Blue magpies
ไทย: นกสาลิกาดง, นกขุนแผน
中文: 藍鵲屬
Museum Heineanum 1 p. 87

Urocissa is a genus of birds in the Corvidae, a family that contains the crows, jays, and magpies.

The genus was established by German ornithologist Jean Cabanis in 1850.[1][a] The type species was subsequently designated as the red-billed blue magpie (Urocissa erythroryncha).[4] The name Urocissa combines the Ancient Greek oura meaning "tail" and kissa meaning "magpie" .[5]

The genus contains five species:[6]
Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Urocissa caerulea, Taiwan 1.jpg U. caerulea Taiwan blue magpie Taiwan
Red-billed Blue Magpie - Timlipani, Uttarakhand, India.jpg U. erythroryncha Red-billed blue magpie Western Himalayas eastwards into Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie Dugalbitta Chopta Uttarakhand India 13.06.2013.jpg U. flavirostris Yellow-billed blue magpie Indian subcontinent including the lower Himalayas, with a disjunct population in Vietnam
Flickr - Rainbirder - Ceylon Blue Magpie (Urocissa ornata).jpg U. ornata Sri Lanka blue magpie Sri Lanka
U. whiteheadi White-winged magpie Southern China, northern Vietnam, and north and central Laos

Some taxonomists date the publication of Cabanis's description to 1851.[2][3]


Cabanis, Jean (1850–1851). Museum Heineanum : Verzeichniss der ornithologischen Sammlung des Oberamtmann Ferdinand Heine, auf Gut St. Burchard vor Halberstadt (in German and Latin). Volume 1. Halberstadt: R. Frantz. p. 87.
Dickinson, E.C.; Overstreet, L.K.; Dowsett, R.J.; Bruce, M.D. (2011). Priority! The Dating of Scientific Names in Ornithology: a Directory to the literature and its reviewers. Northampton, UK: Aves Press. pp. 80–81. ISBN 978-0-9568611-1-5.
Dickinson, E.C.; Christidis, L., eds. (2014). The Howard & Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines (4th ed.). Eastbourne, UK: Aves Press. p. 230. ISBN 978-0-9568611-2-2.
Mayr, Ernst; Greenway, James C. Jr, eds. (1962). Check-list of Birds of the World. Volume 15. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 240.
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 397. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Crows, mudnesters, birds-of-paradise". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 25 August 2019.

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