Meet the brightly coloured Javan green magpies  

With their bright green plumage and striking orange beaks, the Javan green magpies are impossible to miss. When the birds hatch, they have blue plumage and this then becomes green after their first moult, due to their high protein diet. Researchers believe that the brighter the bird’s green feathers are, the more likely they are to mate! Unfortunately, the Javan green magpie’s unique appearance makes then highly valuable to poachers in the illegal pet trade. Now less than 250 birds are believed to be left in the wild. 

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Animal facts

Key facts about the Javan green magpie

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I’m found in Java 

Javan green magpies live in the forests of western Java, Indonesia.

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I’m a carnivore 

Javan green magpies eat insects, and in the wild will eat small lizards and frogs.

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I’m born with blue plumage 

Javan green magpies become green after their first moult.


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An uncertain future

Found only in the forests of western Java, these songbirds have been extensively poached for the pet trade. It is now believed there are less than 250 left in the wild. Zoos worldwide contribute to the captive breeding programme of Javan green magpies. This is to ensure a safety net population for when it is safe to release birds into the wild.  

Help us care for the Javan green magpies