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Eurasian Magpie

(Pica pica)
Alternate name(s): "Common Magpie", "Magpie"
German name(s): "Elster"

Size: 44-46 cm (incl. tail ca. 24 cm); wing span 52-60 cm
Weight: 210-270 g (male; race "pica"), 180-215 g (female; race "pica")
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Magpie at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "pica"

ADULT

Near-dorsal view of an Eurasian Magpies (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Wittlich, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, June 2016]

Part of a family clan of Eurasian Magpies (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Family clan of Eurasian Magpies (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Race "fennorum"

ADULT

Near-frontal view of an Eurasian Magpie (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Bergen, Norway, May 2016]

Lateral view of an Eurasian Magpie (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Bergen, Norway, May 2016]

Near-dorsal view of an Eurasian Magpie (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Bergen, Norway, May 2016]

Near-dorsal view of an Eurasian Magpie; this photo clearly shows the length of the tail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Bergen, Norway, May 2016]

Behaviour

Eurasian Magpies are amongst the most prolific nest robbers within their range.

Food, Diet

Eurasian Magpies are omnivores that will eat anything from eggs and/or chicks of other bird species to carrion, invertibrates, insects, seeds and fruit.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

magpie_dw_20160707.mp3 pica
(Poland)
Warning call © DW
magpie_dw_20170201.mp3 pica
(Poland)
? © DW

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