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Eurasian Magpie

Pica pica


Enrico Carta, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Magpie is probably one of the most easily recognizable birds. It can be seen flying from tree to tree near roads or hoping about, when on the ground. It nests high in trees making dome-shaped nests out of twigs. Its feathers seem to shine with blue, green and purple as the light reflects off them. It is one of the smartest birds in the world and can eat almost anything.

Length: 40 – 51 cm

Habitat: Farmland, towns and villages

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates, fruits

In Cyprus: Can be seen in farmland areas all over Cyprus

Status: Resident breeder

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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