Add to favorites
Black-billed Magpie

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher

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 14 January 2015)
Measurements
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)

Related articles

Happy Pi Day from our Birdorable Mag-PI

Happy Pi Day from our Birdorable Mag-PI

Today, March 14th, is Pi Day, the day that mathematicians celebrate the number that is approximately 3.14159. Send your friends our funny Birdorable Mag PI with this comment graphic, Facebook Gift or ... more