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Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)

Observed: 27th March 2013 By: hydrurgahydrurga’s reputation in Birdshydrurga’s reputation in Birdshydrurga’s reputation in Birds
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)


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


lordro's picture


Common they well be, but I'm an admirer of this whole family of clever, characterful birds.

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Hi lordro

Common they maybe where you come from but I've never seen one here, in this part of Perthshire.

I'm jealous.


Bill Henderson

hydrurga's picture

Cheeky chappies

I too am very fond of this family of birds lordro. They can certainly hold a mirror up to themselves! They remind me of when I lived on the Pembrokeshire coast and a pair used to hunt right next to my cottage - although I'm not very knowledgeable about birds, I now instantly recognise their call. Sorry to hear about the lack of magpies in your part of Perthshire Bill!

Just a wee note on why I eventually used the common name "Eurasian Magpie". Although it's not required, I try to use unique common name for all the species I find (in case, for example, I take a photo of a magpie in the States or a magpie in Australia, both of which are viewed as different species - not by all for the US one I admit). It's fairly important for me to do that as I maintain a database of the species I've seen and it's good to have the common name as a unique field as well as the Latin name.

I would have changed the identification to reflect the common name, but by the time I had decided on which one to use, so many people had agreed with the original identification that it wouldn't have made any difference. The next time, if I try to identify a species myself, I'll work out what common name I am going to use beforehand, rather than just accept the suggested one without thinking about it. Ah, the trials of being interested in nature...