Magpie (Pica pica)
Magpie (Pica pica). Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on August 31st 2008.
Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on August 31st 2008.
(1/125th sec at f8. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 40 - 51 cm (incl. tail)

The Magpie looks like a black-and-white bird from a distance, but when seen close-up the its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail.

It is found over most of the British Isles, except northern Scotland.

It can be found in a range of habitats from city centres to lowland farmland to upland moors.

Non-breeding birds gather together in flocks.

There are about 600000 breeding territories in the UK.


21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (7)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Jan-2018 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Jan-2018 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (2)

23-Dec-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (11)
07-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
20-Jan-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)

01-Jan-2016 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (2)

23-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon

18-Jun-2014 : nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
01-Feb-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)