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Magpie

Observed: 21st January 2012 By: jh25769
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica) interacts

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marlandza's picture

Why BLACK-BILLED when they all have black bills?

see this link to Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Magpie
They talk of the North American Black-billed Magpie which they say looks almost identical to the Eurasian (UK) form - this name differentiates it from the Yellow-billed Pica nuttalli,
and makes some sense of it.

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DavidHowdon's picture

Subspecies

Whilst it seems likely to be that subspecies (since that is the one in Britain and they do not particularly move around) I'm not sure enough can be seen in this photo to safely identify it to sub-species level

marlandza's picture

The WIKI map of subspecies enlarges

to give a rather nice idea of the distribution of the ssp.
Do you think that the French ssp. galliae would be likely to occur in the UK?
- others might be the Spanish ssp., or Germannic Pica pica germanica which appears to be very localised.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PicaPica.jpg

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DavidHowdon's picture

Likely?

Perhaps not likely but stuff does turn up out of range sometimes.

jh25769's picture

subspecies

I only meant to put magpie. The 'black billed' part must have been clicked by mistake when I was inputting the common name and the list of options comes up.