tree cotton flowering season is peaking.
tree cotton flowers’usual fans are japanese white-eyes and bulbuls and bees. only until the day before i saw red-billed blue magpies also pick on the bright red blooms.
red-billed is a common and resident bird in hong kong. it is an asian bird apparently, lives in china and south asia. it has beautiful colour coordination – bluish spotting on the crown, black in the upper body, grey blue wings and tail, with alternate black and white patches along the tail, while the bill and the feet are red.
紅咀藍鵲賞木棉 red-billed blue magpie (urocissa erythrorhyncha) – class: aves 鳥綱 | order: 雀形目 passeriformes | family: corvidae 鴉科 | genus: urocissa 藍鵲屬 | species: u. erythrorhyncha 紅嘴藍鵲