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Javan green magpies are CARNIVORES feeding primarily on large insects and lizards
These beautiful birds are native to western Java in Indonesia and inhabit dense montane forests
The black 'mask' on their face is raised when excited and used in mating displays
A diet of insects, frogs and lizards gives the bird's feathers their BRIGHT and colourful feathers
This brightly coloured songbird is one of Indonesia’s most beautiful, but also most endangered and their numbers are rapidly decreasing. The Javan green magpie has a stunning and distinctive apple green plumage, but is born with blue plumage.
The blue plumage will turn green after their first moulting due to a pigment called lutein in their diet. Studies have proved that the vibrant, green feathers of the Javan magpie are important for attracting a mate for successful breeding.
In Indonesia many people believe that owning a pet bird is a status symbol, and exotic wild birds can be bought from bird markets where they are kept in terrible conditions. Because of this, birds like the Javan green magpie are now endangered.
Sing for Songbirds
We’re working on putting an end to this through our Sing for Songbirds campaign which helps support our partners at the Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre, which Chester Zoo supports both financially and technically in Java. Help us to prevent the extinction of the Javan magpie