White-winged Magpie Urocissa xanthomelana


Justification of Red List Category
This species is considered Near Threatened as it is likely to be declining moderately rapidly owing to widespread deforestation within its range.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but prior to being split, the species is reported to be locally common to very rare (Madge and Burn 1993, Robson 2000).

Trend justification
A moderately rapid and on-going population decline is suspected to be occurring as a result of habitat loss throughout the species's range.

Distribution and population

Urocissa xanthomelana is widespread on mainland Asia, occurring in southern China, northern Vietnam and northern and central Laos (Madge 2016).


This species is found in lowland and foothill evergreen forest, as well as in secondary growth and the edges of cultivated areas (Madge 2016).


This species is susceptible to the on-going destruction and degradation of lowland forest that is taking place within its range.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species, although it occurs in a number of protected areas.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct repeated surveys across the species's range to determine the magnitude of declines and rates of range contraction. Effectively protect significant areas of suitable forest at key sites, in both strictly protected areas and community-led multiple use areas.


Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J. & Westrip, J.

Mahood, S.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Urocissa xanthomelana. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/12/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/12/2022.