We are home to a pair of Javan green magpies, who can be found in our Gem’s of the Jungle exhibit.
This brightly coloured songbird is endemic to forests on the Indonesian island of Java.
The majority of their diet is made up of insects and frogs, which gives the magpie their vibrant green plumage.
Javan green magpies face the huge threats of habitat loss and degradation, driven by agricultural expansion, logging and mining in their native range. The species is also illegally poached for the songbird trade.
In Indonesia, people believe that owning a pet bird is a status symbol, these beautiful birds, along with many others, can be bought in bird markets where they are kept in terrible conditions. Because of this, Javan green magpies are now classed as Critically Endangered, with sadly what is thought to be less than 100 of these birds left in the wild.