Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Pica
Species: Pica pica

The Magpie (Pica pica), is a common bird, member of the corvid family, known for their liking to shiny objects. 


Magpies have black heads and backs as well as a black chest. They have blue wings with a white stripe. Males may have longer tails then females.


Magpies often raid other birds nests and even harras other birds to make them drop their food. They often pick up shiny objects - scientists have confirmed that this is merely for pleasure. If a predator threatens, the flock will chase it away.


Magpies are omnivorous and will eat pretty much anything, from seeds to invertebrates, mice, voles, lizards, chicks and eggs.


Magpies like areas with trees which have a clearing near by. Their nests are dome shaped and have a roof, the are made out of sticks. Their eggs are blueish green and they lay 2 to 8.


Magpies are found throughout most of Europe, as well as the north of Africa, North America, and Asia.

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