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Alternative Name: Common Magpie; Pied Magpie
Includes: Arabian Magpie; Oriental Magpie; Black-rumped Magpie; Kamchatka Magpie; Maghreb Magpie
Length 46â€“50 cm (18-19Â¾ in); weight 187-268 g (male), 161-240 g (female)
 Subspecies Variations
Sexes are similar. Juveniles are duller than adults.
Found in most of Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), Saudi Arabia (Asir massif), central Asia to China, Korea, Japan and east Siberia.
This species was formerly considered conspecific with Black-billed Magpie P. hudsonia.
About 12 subspecies are recognised:
Several of the subspecies are likely to be split as distinct species in the future, with P. p. serica, P. p. mauretanica, and P. p. asirensis the strongest contenders. P. p. asirensis is already treated as a separate species by some authors. See also this forum thread discussing possible splits.
Farmland and open country. Also town gardens and parks.
Walks and will hop sideways.
Quick, with deep, fast, even wing beats. Short glides.
Omnivorous. Feeds mainly on invertebrates, small mammals, lizards, frogs, bird eggs, nestlings and carrion. Often caches food.
Builds a domed nest in tall trees, or hedgerows which often contains shiny objects
Harsh "chack, chack, chack".
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