Living Bird Magazine
Yellow-billed MagpiePica nuttalli
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Corvidae
Although the Yellow-billed Magpie is common and conspicuous in the open oak woodlands of central and southern California, it is found nowhere else in the world.More ID Info
- Urraca de Nuttall (Spanish)
- Pie à bec jaune (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Yellow-billed Magpie is omnivorous, eating a variety of plant and animal foods. Insects, however, make up most of the diet. The Yellow-billed Magpie has been seen pecking insects off the backs of mule deer.
- The covered nest requires maintenance to the canopy throughout the nesting season. The Yellow-billed Magpie usually builds a new nest each year, but if a nest fails early in the breeding season the pair will refurbish an old nest for a renesting attempt rather than build a new one.
- The oldest recorded Yellow-billed Magpie was a female and at least 9 years, 11 months old when she was found in California.