Skip to main content

Black-billed Magpie Identification

Looking for ID Help?

Our free app offers quick ID help with global coverage.

Try Merlin Bird ID

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Black-billed Magpies are slightly larger than jays with much longer, diamond-shaped tails and heavier bills. In flight, their wings seem to be too short to support their graceful flight.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a jay but smaller than a raven.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 17.7-23.6 in (45-60 cm)
      • Weight: 5.1-7.4 oz (145-210 g)
      • Wingspan: 22.1-24.0 in (56-61 cm)