Black-billed Magpie

Pica pica

(P. p. pica)

Armenian Name: Սովորական կաչաղակ
Black-billed Magpie

See Plate 59 for Black-billed Magpie and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:44-46 cm, Wing Span:52-60 cm
Distribution Map: Map 339.
Description: Long tail and short rounded wings. Black head, breast, and back. Blue-glossed wings and green-glossed tail contrast strongly with white scapular patches and white belly. In flight, shows mainly white primaries.
Juvenile: Has duller black feathers and shorter tail.
Behavior: Often occurs near settlements. In winter, gathers with ravens and crows at feeding sites.
Habitat: Widespread but avoids barren mountain tops and dense forest.
Food: Invertebrates, small vertebrates, fruits.
Nest: Cup in large ball of twigs, mud, and occasionally wire, in dense shrub, tree, or electrical pylon.
Eggs: 34 mm, 4-8, greenish to bluish, green-brown blotches.