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Eurasian Magpie

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Eurasian MagpiePica pica
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Corvidae

Basic Description

The Eurasian Magpie’s bold patterns and brash behavior make it one of Europe and Asia’s most instantly recognizable birds. In strong light, this black-and-white bird shimmers with exquisite metallic-blue wings and a long, glossy green tail. Almost always found near humans, magpies make their presence known by sashaying across lawns in search of food with their tail held high, calling loudly in response to predators, or sometimes raiding the nests of garden birds.

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Other Names

  • Urraca Común (Spanish)
  • Pie bavarde (French)
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