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Bird Magpie

Magpie - Photo  Copyright 2005 Gary Bradley Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying birds with the superbly illustrated "Top 50 Garden Birds" identification chart - click here

Latin name: Pica pica

Size: Approximately 40cms.

Distribution: Found over most of the UK except for some parts of N.W. Scotland

Months seen: All year round

Food: Insects, worms, seeds and carrion.

Habitat: Fields, parks and gardens.

Special features: The black and white plumage of the magpie is very distinctive. In good light the wing feathers have an iridescent blue sheen, and the tail has an iridescent green sheen. The tail of the magpie accounts for about half of the birds length.


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