Black-billed Magpie

Scientific name: Pica hudsonia
Mongolian name: Алаг Шаазгай
Order: Passeriformes
Bird family: Corvidae (Crows, jays, ravens, magpies)
Conservation status: LC

Key information

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) is black with white shoulders, a white belly, and iridescent dark blue-green wings and tail. There are large white markings on the primaries, clearly visible in flight. The feet and bill are black. The breeding season for magpies is generally from late March to early July. They nest once a year, but may re-nest if their first attempt fails early.

Length : 45–60 cm

Wingspan: about 60 cm (24 in)

Weight : male 176–216 g and female 141–173 g

Population : This species has had stable population trends over the last 40 years.

Habitat: Black-billed magpies frequent open country with thickets and scattered trees, especially riparian groves. They can be found near farms and within cities and suburbs. Dry open pine forests are another possible habitat.

Diet: The black-billed magpie is an opportunistic omnivore, eating many types of insects, carrion, seeds, rodents, berries, nuts, eggs, and also garbage and food from pets that are fed outside