Site address
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Woodcroft Wildspace
Downes Court


N21 3PT
Magpie (Pica pica)

Magpies are scavengers, predators and pest-destroyers. They are noisy chattering, birds with black-and-white plumage and a long tail. When seen close-up the black plumage takes on a purplish-blue iridescent sheen on the wing feathers, and a green gloss on the tail. Non-breeding birds will gather together in flocks. Adult length is 44-46 cm with a wingspan of 52-60 cm. Adult weight is 180-270g.

They are found in woodland, farmland, moorland, parks and gardens - though they prefer grassland with thick hedges or scattered trees. They have adapted well to urban and suburban environments and can be seen in the centre of cities. Magpies can be seen at any time of the year.

Their diet is omnivorous. They are scavengers, and they hoard their food.

Magpies are known as 'thieves' as they are attracted by shiny objects and will steal foil, jewellery, etc. and hoard these objects in their nest.

They make a harsh chattering sound and a chacking call.

Magpies lay 5-7 eggs which hatch in 21-22 days. The young fledge 24-30 days.

Magpies can live up to 21 years.

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