Javan Green Magpie

Javan Green Magpie

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Javan Green Magpie by Linda Feltner
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
CORVIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Cissa
Species: 
thalassina
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Temminck, 1826)
Medium: 
Gouache
Artist Statement: 
The Javan Green Magpie (Cissa thalassina) is critically endangered and endemic to West Java in Indonesia. They are notoriously difficult to find in their dense, mountain forests. The chicks have blue feathers, and if a proper diet is maintained, they develop the bright green plumage from their food. Trapped for cage birds and displayed as status symbols, the rarer they are, their market value increases. It is believed that there are less than 100 individuals in the wild. There are no protections in place to decrease the rate of extinction. Several conservation programs are currently focusing on maintaining breeding programs.