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Magpie (Pica pica)
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Magpie (Pica pica)

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The Magpie is a member of the crow family. They are very vocal birds and the the harsh repeated "kyack" call of the Magpie is unmistakable. Large groups of Magpies (called Parliaments) can be seen in spring. This is where they solve territorial disputes and social standing. They have a very varied diet including insects, rodents, carrion, eggs and nestlings, grain, berries, and fruit.
Both birds build the large dome shaped nest, which can take many months. It is usually to be found in a large tree. Breeding begins in April and they only produce 1 clutch. Juveniles can be distinguished from their parents by having much shorter tails.

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