Magpie Pica pica L 45-50cm. Unmistakable black and white, long-tailed bird. Seen in small groups outside breeding season. Varied diet includes fruit, insects, animal road kills and eggs and young of birds. Sexes are similar. Adult and juvenile are mainly black with white belly and white patch on closed wing. Bluish green sheen on wings and tail seen in good light. In flight, outer half of rounded wings is white. Voice Utters a loud, rattling alarm call. Status Widespread resident of lightly wooded habitats and urban areas.
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Magpie Pica pica L 45-50cm. Unmistakable black and white, long-tailed bird. Seen in small groups outside breeding season. Varied diet includes fruit, insects, animal road kills and eggs and young of birds. Sexes are similar. Adult and juvenile are mainly black with white belly and white patch on closed wing. Bluish green sheen on wings and tail seen in good light. In flight, outer half of rounded wings is white. Voice Utters a loud, rattling alarm call. Status Widespread resident of lightly wooded habitats and urban areas.

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Date: 27 Jun 2013
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