Pica asirensi

The Asir Magpie is an isolated and distinct form of magpie inhabiting the highlands of south-western Saudi Arabia. While superficially similar to Eurasian magpie (Pica pica), the Asir magpie has darker plumage, a much larger bill, and distinct vocalizations. As Saudi Arabia’s only endemic bird and due to the species’ globally endangered status, it is a very high research and conservation priority. The Smithsonian Institution partnered with Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Wildlife Authority in 2018 to lead the first in-depth investigations of this little-known species.

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