Interesting facts about magpies

Posted on Jun 11, 2022      177

Magpies are known mainly for two interesting features. First, they resemble the ubiquitous crows, and second, they are addicted to various shiny objects, thanks to which they have long earned a reputation as petty thieves. And indeed, they willingly steal small shiny things, and sometimes they do it extremely boldly and self-confidently, stealing the prey right from under the nose of the legal owner.

Facts about magpies

1. In Europe, these birds are found everywhere, in all regions, except for some Mediterranean islands. But they are found almost on all continents.

2. The tail of magpies is longer than the body, as in many other birds.

3. Magpies lead a sedentary way of life, but those of them that live in the north, for the winter, still fly away to warmer lands.

4. On average, magpies live 12-14 years, but in rare cases they can live for 25 years, or even more.

5. Magpies always arrange their nest with an entrance to the south, so that it would be at least a little warmer.

6. Contrary to the glory of frivolous creatures, magpies are actually very smart birds. Their brain occupies about the same percentage of body weight as that of great apes.

7. Externally, male and female magpies are almost indistinguishable from each other. Males are slightly larger, but not by much, by 10 percent, no more.

8. Being on the ground, magpies usually jump, but if they want, they can also walk shuffling, like crows.

9. The feathers of these birds are metallic and sometimes have a purple hue. However, in spring, because of the molt, they temporarily grow dull and lose their brightness.

10. The part of the brain responsible for cognition of the world around is about the same percentage in the magpie brain as in the human brain.

11. These birds are easy to learn. For example, they can be taught to count and to clean their own cage with, for example, a small broom.

12. Magpies usually help each other. They also join in flocks in order to more withstand predators.

13. Most people are very annoyed by magpies’ cries, harsh and loud, not melodious at all.

14. Usually, only quite domesticated animals remember people by their faces, while wild animals do so by smells and other circumstantial signs. However, all magpies can remember and recognize human faces.

15. These birds usually lay eggs earlier than other birds, sometimes as early as April.

16. To distract predators, a magpie usually builds not one nest, but five or seven. In the end, she will occupy only one, the best one.

17. These birds communicate with each other by voice.

18. Among all birds, a magpie has one of the most developed intellects.

19. Other forest animals, including large predators such as wolves and bears, also react to the chirping of a magpie, which has found a hunter in the forest.

20. Magpies readily ravage the nests of other birds, eating eggs and chicks.

21. They form more or less permanent pairs and actively defend their territory from other magpies.

22. At the age of just one month, magpie chicks are already learning to fly, and soon leave their mother’s nest.

23. These birds know how to stockpile food by burying it in the ground. And they are unerringly good at remembering their location.

24. In China, the magpie is considered a symbol of joy and happiness.

25. Scientists still don’t know why these birds are so fond of stealing shiny objects. Most likely, they just like them because they steal them, but don’t use them, just drop them in the nest.

26. A magpie’s nest is not like a normal nest; it is spherical, about the size of a soccer. It has one hole as an entrance.

27. These birds are more likely to settle close to people than far away from them, in unpopulated areas.

28. They choose mates as early as the first year of their lives, but breed with them only one year after that.

29. The wingspan of an adult magpie can reach 0.9 meters.

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