Magpie (Pica pica)

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What Do Magpies look Like ?

Black and White Corvid with very long graduated tail .Magpies are jack of all trades – scavengers, predators ds. A noisy noisy chattering bird, black-and-white plumage and long tail, these are easily identified . When viewed close-up black plumage takes on a colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail. Non-breeding birds will gather in flocks.

How Big Is the Magpie ?

Aprox 46 cm weighing 210 g

Where does it live?

Open farmland , large gardens , copses and parks

They are found in many habitats - woodland, farmland, moorland, parks and gardens - though they prefer grassland with thick hedges or scattered trees. They have adapted well to urban and suburban environments and can be seen right into the centres of cities.
Similar to breeding habitats.


When Do They Breed ?

March to May , 5 - 8 Eggs , Incubation 17 - 18 days , Young fledging in 22 - 27 Days/ Large nest in trees and bushes

Where to see it

Found across England, Wales and N Ireland, but more localised in Scotland, absent from the Highlands. Seen in a range of habitats from lowland farmland to upland moors.

What does it eat?

Omnivore and scavenger.

What does it sound like?

Harsh chattering and chacking calls.

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When to see it

All year round.