Magpie

Scientific name: Pica pica

Did you know: The Magpie is one of the few bird species known to pass the mirror test, showcasing its remarkable intelligence!

What Do Magpies Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Magpies are striking birds with their glossy white and black plumage and long tails. They possess an iridescent sheen, with wing feathers revealing a blue and purplish hue and their tails boasting a green sheen.

Differences Between Male And Female Magpies

Male and female Magpies are similar in appearance, making them difficult to differentiate in the field.

What Do Magpies Eat?

Magpies are omnivores and scavengers. They have a varied diet that includes insects, small mammals, fruits, and occasionally scavenged food.

Where Do Magpies Live? (Including Migration Info)

Magpies are adaptable birds, found in various habitats across the UK, from woodlands and heathlands to urban areas. They are particularly common in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland but are more situated in Scotland.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Magpies)

Magpies are known for their noisy ‘chac-chac-chac’ calls. They’re also capable mimics and may imitate other bird calls.

Fun Magpie Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Magpies are highly intelligent, ranking among the world’s smartest creatures.
  • They’re known for their ability to recognise themselves in a mirror.
  • Magpies don’t actually have a preference for shiny objects, contrary to popular belief.
  • They often form non-breeding flocks, where they display social behaviour.
  • In folklore, Magpies are often associated with superstition and storytelling.

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Magpie

Diet: Omnivore and scavenger.
Bird Family: Crows
Length: 44-46cm
Wingspan: 52-60cm
Weight: 200-250g
Scientific Name: Pica pica

The Magpie Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December