Asir magpie

Asir magpie

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Pica asirensis

The Asir magpie, also known as the Arabian magpie, is a highly endangered species of magpie endemic to Saudi Arabia. It is only found in the country's southwestern highlands, in the Asir Region. It occurs only in African juniper forest in well-vegetated wadis and valleys. It was formerly classified as a subspecies of the Eurasian magpie, and still is by many authorities. This species is highly threatened by habitat destruction, as its native forests are not regenerating. Tourism development and climate change are also posing a threat. Only 135 pairs are known to survive in the wild, and this number is declining. A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2018 found that the Asir magpie was a sister taxon to the black-rumped magpie that is found on the Tibetan Plateau.

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References

1. Asir magpie Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asir_magpie
2. Asir magpie on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/103727136/119432544
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/670108

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