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Black-billed Magpie

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About the Black-billed Magpie

Also known as: American Magpie, Magpie

The Black-billed Magpie is a species in the corvid family that lives in western parts of North America. They have a shiny black plumage with white shoulder, belly, and primary feathers. Feathers on the wings and tail have an iridescent green sheen.

Black-billed Magpies are very similar in appearance to European Magpies. The two are still considered to be the same species by some taxonomies.

The Black-billed Magpie is an omnivore, as are most corvids. In addition to eating a wide variety of foods, magpies may store or hoard food items for future consumption.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 August 2007
Scientific Name Pica hudsonia
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Pica
  • P. hudsonia
Birdorable Family Corvids, Shrikes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 24 inches
5 to 7.5 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe Central Asia East Asia North America United States (West)

International Names

  • straka americká (Czech)
  • Hudsonskade (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Ekster (Dutch)
  • amerikanharakka (Finnish)
  • Pie d'Amérique (French)
  • Hudsonelster (German)
  • Gazza americana (Italian)
  • Svartnebbskjære (Norwegian)
  • sroka czarnodzioba (Polish)
  • Американская сорока (Russian)
  • Urraca de Hudson (Spanish)
  • Amerikansk skata (Swedish)

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