Latin Name: Pica pica
Description: The magpie has black and white feathers, with the black showing hints of green and blue in it’s glossy tint. This bird has a very long greeny black tail, although the younger birds have shorter tails.
Habitat: The magpie usually inhabits farmland, woodland, gardens, parks and scrubland.
Food: In the Winter the magpie will eat berries, fruit, nuts and grain, whilst in the Summer months the magpie will eat insects, snails, slugs, worms, small rodents, young birds and eggs.
Distribution: Commonly seen throughout Great Britain.
Nesting: The magpie nest is a large domed structure usually found in trees or a thick bush. The nest is made of sticks, twigs, roots and straw plastered with mud. The nest has an entrance hole at one side in the top half of the dome for ease of access.
Eggs: The magpie can lay 4 – 8 eggs during April – May. The eggs are a light greeny-blue colour with brown markings on the shell. The female incubates the eggs for 17-18 days.
Did You Know?
- The magpie is a thief as these birds are attracted to bright objects.
- Farmer’s view this beautiful bird as a pest.
- The call of the magpie is a harsh chattering and clacking sound.
- The magpie has a chirruping song.
- Magpie chicks are fully fledged 22-27 days after hatching out.
- Magpies form flocks, especially in the Winter.
We see quite alot of magpies around our farm, I am sure the guinea fowl eggs are a good attraction!