Blue Magpie/ink and color painting
This kind of bird is called the Formosan blue magpie, and is also called the “long-tailed mountain woman.” Because it is endemic to Taiwan, its name usually bears the prefix “Formosan.”
Here, I mostly wanted to paint a magpie, so I deemphasized the custard apple tree and its fruit, so they wouldn’t divert people’s attention from the magpie.
A friend told me that blue magpies fly one after another, forming a line of birds in the sky, and don’t fly individually. It’s very interesting to see a flock in flight. I don’t know whether this is true or not.
During my childhood, not long after the end of World War II, material resources were woefully lacking. Because farming families didn’t have enough to eat, they caught and ate wild birds. As a result, the countryside was silent, and bird songs were seldom heard. People are quite affluent nowadays, and everyone pays more attention to environmental protection and protection of wildlife. As a result, there are more and more wild birds around, including myna birds, the Eurasian magpie, and the blue magpie. This is good news for everyone.@