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Magpie

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•Scientific name: Pica pica

•UK Conservation status: Green

With its noisy chattering, black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie in the UK. When seen close-up its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail. Magpies seem to be jacks of all trades - scavengers, predators and pest-destroyers, their challenging, almost arrogant attitude has won them few friends. Non-breeding birds will gather together in flocks.

•Length: 44-46cm

•Wingspan: 52-60cm

•Weight: 200-250g

•UK breeding: 600,000 territories

Read more at https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/magpie/

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