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