Eurasian magpie

A native breeding bird in the northern portion of the Eurasian continent is the Eurasian magpie or common magpie (Pica pica). It is one of many birds classified as magpies in the crow family and belongs to the "monochrome" magpies' Holarctic radiation.


Eurasian magpie


The Eurasian magpie is one of the most intelligent birds. The nidopallium extension is about the same in size as the brain of chimpanzees, orangutans, and humans. It, along with a few other non-avian species, is the only bird known to pass the mirror test.


Eurasian magpie


Adults undergo a full annual moult after breeding. The Moult starts in June or July and finishes in September or October, respectively. For a period of three months, the main flight feathers are removed. Juvenile birds experience partial moult about one month later than adult birds in which their body feathers are removed, but not the wings or tail feathers.


Eurasian magpie




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