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Magpie

A large bird of the crow family with a tail that is longer than its body. It is black and white, but has tail and wings with a blue-green sheen.

They are widespread and sometimes seen in small groups, hence the rhyme "One for sorrow, two for joy...". Their loud rattling cry is distinctive, as is their large nest made from twigs, lined with mud and having a dome over the top.

As with most crows, they feed on carrion killed on the road, rodents, eggs and nestlings, but also insects, seeds and fruit. They will visit bird tables for such scraps.