Pica pica - Black-billed magpie:

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Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Passeriformes / Corvidae / Pica / Species

This section is currently predominantly used in Wildpro to link different data types and demonstrate inter-relationships. Although it identifies that taxonomic interrelationships of species (see "header") it does not currently contain detailed information on the bird species itself. As WILDPro is developed, we will gradually convert these pages into full Species pages.

The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Magpie
  • Pica pica pica - Black-billed magpie(B89)
  • Pica pica mauritanica - North-African magpie (B89)
  • -- (B164)
Distribution Palearctic, western North America (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "Woodland edges and open country with scattered trees" (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - omnivorous
  • feeding behaviour - mainly ground geaning, sometimes foliage gleaning


  • location and structure - sphere nests in deciduous trees, sometimes in cliffs or buildings
  • nest building - male and female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - Patterned
  • number of eggs - 5-8 (2-10)
  • broods - 1 brood
  • incubation - by female; 17-18 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 22-28 days

(B163, B164)

Organisations (UK Contacts):

Electronic Library (further reading):

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General Legislation:

  • This species is listed on Schedule 2 - Part 2 (Birds which may be killed or taken outside the close season, 1 February to 31 August except where indicated otherwise: Notes on the revised schedules state "Birds which may be killed or taken by authorised persons: This section has been replaced by General Licences with the same effect.") of the LUK2 - Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 of the United Kingdom. (W5.Oct01)
  • This species is listed on Schedule 3 - Part I (Birds which may be sold alive at all times if ringed and bred in captivity: Notes on the revised schedules state "NB: Certain birds on Schedule 4 may also be sold under licence provided they are registered with the DETR") of the LUK2 - Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 of the United Kingdom. (W5.Oct01)

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