Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Aves
                       Family : Corvidae
        Scientific Name : Pica Pica

                       Size(L) : 40cm - 46cm 
                                       (16in - 18in)
                Wing Span : 52cm - 60cm 
                                       (20in - 24in)
                       Weight : 200g - 250g 
                                        (7oz - 9oz)
                 Top Speed : 32km/h (20mph)

                  Life Span : 8 - 15 years
                      Colour : Black, White
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Black and white 
                                     markings and long 
                                     wedge-shaped tail
  1. Magpies are small-medium sized birds found all across the world except the Americas and Antarctica.
  2. Distinctively, they have black and white markings with a long wedge-shaped tail.
  3. They are very closely related to crows.
  4. There are around 15 species of magpies found in the world.
  5. Depending on the species, they differ in size but generally grow to be around 50cm long.
  6. They are exceptionally intelligent birds which are able to sense danger quickly.
  7. Though they are dominant and curios by nature, they are also quite secretive when in danger.
  8. They have the unique ability of mimicking other birds’ calls.
  9. They have large wings but are not keen on long flights, rather they tend to be close to cover.
  10. To protect themselves from their predators and to catch their prey, they hide in thick bushes and trees.
  11. They are omnivores, feeding on seed, fruits, nuts, eggs, insects, small reptiles and mammals.
  12. Their natural predators are foxes, dogs and cats.
  13. They mate during the spring and are known to have the same mating partner throughout their lives.
  14. The female magpie lays around 5 very small eggs, which hatch after 3 weeks.
  15. The magpie chicks are able to fledge and fend for themselves at 3-4 weeks.
  16. Interestingly, they are known to collect and stash shiny items like jewelry and plastic.
  17. In China, the sight of a magpie is said to bring good fortune and luck.
  18. In Europe though, they go by- One for sorrow, two for joy, as far as a magpie sighting is concerned.

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