Yellow-billed Magpie

About the Yellow-billed Magpie

The Yellow-billed Magpie, a large bird in the crow family, is only found in California. It inhabits the Central Valley and the adjacent chaparral foothills and mountains. Apart from its having a yellow bill and a yellow streak around the eye, it is virtually identical to the Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) found in much of the rest of North America.

The Yellow-billed Magpie prefers groves of tall trees along rivers and near open areas, though in some cities they have begun to nest in vacant lots and other weedy places.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 01 June 2007
Scientific Name
Pica nuttalli
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Pica
  • P. nuttalli
Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 8 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
20 inches


From IUCN Red List:
The Yellow-billed Magpie is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2014 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Near Threatened on the basis that it has undergone a moderately rapid population reduction owing to mortality caused by West Nile Virus, which caused a crash in its population from which it now appears to be recovering.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黄嘴喜鹊
Czech (Cesky) Straka žlutozobá
Danish (Dansk) Californisk Husskade
Dutch (Nederlands) Geelbekekster
Finnish (Suomi) Kalifornianharakka
French (Français) Pie à Bec Jaune
German (Deutsch) Gelbschnabelelster
Italian (Italiano) Gazza Beccogiallo
Japanese (日本語) キバシカササギ (Kibashikasasagi)
Korean (한국어) 노랑부리까치 (Norangburikkachi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Gulnebbskjære
Polish (Polski) Sroka Zóltodzioba
Russian (русский язык) Желтоклювая сорока
Spanish (Español) Urraca de Pico Amarillo
Swedish (Svenska) Gulnäbbad Skata
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