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Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Black-Billed Magpie

Pica pica hudsonia

Subspecies of Magpie



First Noted by Expedition
September 16, 1804, near site of present-day Chamberlain, South Dakota.
 

Description
Large black-and-white bird with long tail and dark bill. Bill, head, breast, and underparts black, with green iridescence on wings and tail. White belly and shoulders; white primaries conspicuous as white wing patches in flight. Length: 17.5-22 in (44-56 cm).
 

Voice
A rapid, nasal mag? mag? mag? or yak yak yak.
 

Habitat
Open woodlands, savannas, brush-covered country, streamside growth.
 

Range
Resident from Alaska and western Canada south to east-central California and east to Great Plains.
 

Note
Four live magpies were sent to President Jefferson in the shipment from Fort Mandan in April 1805.

Species information from enature.com
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