black head, nape; grey back; blue on wings, long tail (Spain; 2006-06-11)

Azure-winged Magpie
Cyanopica cyanus

Native Range: Eurasia

Notes: this beautiful magpie has an unusual geographic distribution, with one population being in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and another disjunct population being in eastern Asia (such as Japan); no sexual dimorphism.

ventral view; buffy breast and belly; graduated tail (Spain; 2006-06-11)

a highly distinctive species (Spain; 2006-06-11)

in flight, showing the graduated tail feathers (Spain; 2006-06-11)