Description, Biology, Life Cycle, Damage, Common Names, Images
- This sedentary species is present in cultivated and open regions with hedges and trees.
- Adults live in pairs during much of the year, meeting in the winter to fly in groups and spend the night in dense bushes.
- The magpie is omnivorous and feeds on insects (larvae of Coleoptera and Lepidoptera), snails, slugs, lower rodents, eggs of passerines, pigeons, chicks of poultry or wild birds, cereal (maize) and fruit (cherry, grapes, plum, apple).
- Females lay eggs between mid-April and mid-May and rear only one brood of 6-8 young during the year.
The damage caused to crops is generally unimportant owing to the low density of populations but numbers are increasing. The magpie also plunders the nests of many bird species.
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