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Eurasian Magpie

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  • Garrulus glandarius
  • Corvids, Shrikes & Friends

About the Eurasian Magpie

Also known as: Common Magpie, European Magpie, Magpie

The Eurasian Magpie, Pica pica, is closely related to its North America cousin, the Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia). Some taxonomies consider the two to be the same species. Alternate names for the Eurasian Magpie include Common Magpie and European Magpie.

Eurasian Magpies live in parts of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. They are not migratory.

The Eurasian Mapgie has a pied, or black-and-white, plumage, including a long black tail. Feathers on the tail and wings are a pretty iridescent which shines bronze, blue or green in different light.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 June 2013
Scientific Name Pica pica
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Pica
  • P. pica
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 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
17 to 18 inches
20 to 24 inches

International Names

  • 喜鹊 (Chinese)
  • straka obecná (Czech)
  • Husskade (Danish)
  • Ekster (Dutch)
  • harakka (Finnish)
  • Pie bavarde (French)
  • Elster (German)
  • Gazza comune europea (Italian)
  • カササギ [Kasasagi] (Japanese)
  • 까치 (Kkachi) (Korean)
  • Skjære (Norwegian)
  • sroka (Polish)
  • Сорока (Russian)
  • Urraca Común (Spanish)
  • Skata (Swedish)

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