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Alternative name: American Black-billed Magpie
A large (45-56cm length) dramatically contrasted black and white bird with iridescent feathers typical of the corvidae family, including greens and purples.
 Similar Species
Similar to the Yellow-billed Magpie (P. nuttalli), but the former is to be found only in central California, whereas P. hudsonia has a far greater range, and is larger. It is the magpie to be found in the rest of the west and mid-west.
Western North America: southern Alaska, and from eastern British Columbia, eastward to western Ontario, southward through the western and midwestern United States to northern Arizona. In central California it is replaced by the Yellow-billed Magpie.
Open country with brush and groves of trees; common in Great Basin high sage desert and the plains states, especially in riparian areas.
Usually seen in small groups, with much interaction.
Perches in trees or bushes, dropping to the ground to forage for insects and larvae. A carrion scavenger; probably most often seen as it picks at roadkill in small groups.
Builds large, intricate dome-shaped structures of mud and sticks for nesting.
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