Partners in Flight estimates the global breeding population at 5. They have been vulnerable to toxic chemicals, particularly topical pesticides applied to the backs of cattle which magpies ingest when gleaning ticks off livestock. In the past Black-billed Magpies were persecuted by farmers, ranchers, and game managers who considered them to be vermin, but today they are fully protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
In their range, Black-billed Magpies occasionally visit platform bird feeders and suet feeders. They are fairly common in small towns and may visit large yards. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list. Dunne, P. Pete Dunne's essential field guide companion.
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The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation. Food Like other corvids members of the jay and crow family , Black-billed Magpies have a wide-ranging diet. Nesting Nest Placement Both sexes seem to choose a nesting site together though sometimes they disagree and each begin building separate nests in different locations.
Nest Description Black-billed Magpie pairs share the work of building their domed nests, which vary widely in size but are typically about 30 inches high and 20 inches wide. Behavior On the wing, Black-billed Magpies make long, sweeping flights with white flashes of their wing patches and long, trailing tails.
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The bird was curious about everything I did. She also wanted to play with me and found my shoelaces particularly attractive, pulling them and then running away a little only to return for another go.
Importantly, it was the bird not hand-raised but a free-living adult female that had begun to take the initiative and had chosen to socially interact and such behaviour, as research has shown particularly in primates, is affiliative and part of the basis of social bonds and friendships. If magpies can be so good with humans how can one explain their swooping at people even if it is only for a few weeks in the year? The strategy they choose is based on risk assessment.
A risk is posed by someone who is unknown and was not present at the time of nest building, which unfortunately is often the case in public places and parks. That person is then classified as a territorial intruder and thus a potential risk to its brood.
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At this point the male guarding the brooding female is obliged to perform a warning swoop, literally asking a person to step away from the nest area. If warnings are ignored, the adult male may try to conduct a near contact swoop aimed at the head the magpie can break its own neck if it makes contact, so it is a strategy of last resort only. Magpie swooping is generally a defensive action taken when someone unknown approaches who the magpie believes intends harm. It is not an arbitrary attack.
Fearless magpie in pursuit of larger and dangerous brown goshawk keeping themselves and other. When I was swooped for the first time in a public place I slowly walked over to the other side of the road. Importantly, I allowed the male to study my face and appearance from a safe distance so he could remember me in future, a useful strategy since we now know that magpies remember human faces.
Taking a piece of mince or taking a wide berth around the magpies nest may eventually convince the nervous magpie that he does not need to deter this individual anymore because she or he poses little or no risk, and who knows, may even become a friend in future.
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A sure way of escalating conflict is to fence them with an umbrella or any other device, or to run away at high speed. This human approach may well confirm for the magpie that the person concerned is dangerous and needs to be fought with every available strategy. In dealing with magpies, as in global politics, de-escalating a perceived conflict is usually the best strategy. A contemporary Robinsonade — York, York.