white edges of primary feathers long, graduated tait white tail tip


long toil tapers at the tip white shoulder patch


Active- anil inquisitive, with a swaggering walk anil a harsh, chattering call, the Black-hilled Magpie originally inhabited scrub or trees with dense foliage, but has now adapted to cultivated and urban areas. Feeding on almost anything it can find, it mainly takes insects and other invertebrates, as well as other small animals, carrion, fruits, and seeds. Its reputation as a nest robber is greatly exaggerated. Despite its weak flight it can be quite agile in the air, its long tail enabling it to make sudden attacking or evading movements.

• NliST A bowl made of twigs and lined with fine rootlets and some mud. roofed with a loose dome of twigs, built in a bush or tree.

• Distribution

N.W. North America, Europe, N.W. Africa, parts of the Middle East, and much of C. and E. Asia

WlNti long toil tapers at the tip


white shoulder patch


Black-billed Magpie

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Migration »on-migrant

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Species Nucifraga Columbiana

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