Black-billed Magpie

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 August 2007
Scientific Name
Pica hudsonia
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Pica
  • P. hudsonia
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 24 inches
5 to 7.5 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) straka americká
Danish (Dansk) Hudsonskade
Dutch (Nederlands) Amerikaanse Ekster
Finnish (Suomi) amerikanharakka
French (Français) Pie d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Hudsonelster
Italian (Italiano) Gazza americana
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartnebbskjære
Polish (Polski) sroka czarnodzioba
Russian (русский язык) Американская сорока
Spanish (Español) Urraca de Hudson
Swedish (Svenska) Amerikansk skata
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