Eurasian Magpie

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 05 June 2013
Scientific Name
Pica pica
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Pica
  • P. pica
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 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
17 to 18 inches
20 to 24 inches

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 喜鹊
Czech (Cesky) straka obecná
Danish (Dansk) Husskade
Dutch (Nederlands) Ekster
Finnish (Suomi) harakka
French (Français) Pie bavarde
German (Deutsch) Elster
Italian (Italiano) Gazza comune europea
Japanese (日本語) カササギ [Kasasagi]
Korean (한국어) 까치 (Kkachi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Skjære
Polish (Polski) sroka
Russian (русский язык) Сорока
Spanish (Español) Urraca Común
Swedish (Svenska) Skata
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