Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) - HBW 14, p. 606
French: Pie d'Amérique
Spanish: Urraca de Hudson
Other common names: American Black-billed Magpie
Taxonomy: Corvus hudsonia Sabine, 1823, Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Forms a superspecies with P. pica, P. asirensis and P. nuttalli, and often treated as conspecific with first or all of those; recent analysis of mitochondrial genome suggests that P. nuttalli and present species are sister-taxa, closely related to P. pica, the three exhibiting low average divergence (only 2.35%), suggesting that they may be better considered conspecific. Monotypic.
Distribution: Coastal S Alaska (E from Alaska Peninsula and Shumagin Is) and SW Canada (SW Yukon, extreme NW & E British Columbia, N Alberta, C Saskatchewan, C Manitoba, extreme SW Ontario) S in W USA to NE & EC California (to Inyo County), SC Nevada, Utah, extreme NE Arizona (Apache County), N New Mexico, W (casually also NE) Oklahoma, C Kansas, and Nebraska (except SE).
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VideosSee all 12 videos
A bird on the ground feeding on insects and disturbed by another individual. Locality Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 9 June 2012 38 weeks ago 41 sec 4.3
A bird foraging close to the water. Locality Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 9 June 2012 38 weeks ago 28 sec 4.3
This individual has clearly learned that invertebrate snacks can be gleaned from the front grill of a car. A good example of ho Locality Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA (United States)
Conan Guard 23 May 2009 3 years ago 26 sec 4.2
Dorsal view of fledgling. Note shorter tail than adult, non-glossy head, gape still present and very downy contour feathers alo Locality Brooks, Alberta, Canada
Conan Guard 12 June 2010 2 years ago 28 sec 4.2
Two birds foraging on the ground. Locality Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 26 May 2012 42 weeks ago 18 sec 3.5
Bird vocalizing on sign and flying away Locality Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA (United States)
Bruce Steger 8 April 2008 4 years ago 12 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 10 photos
male - perched on a tree branch
Locality Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Blair Wainman 21 March 2010 3 years ago 4.3
Black-billed Magpie scrounging around for food near the feeding station.
Locality Barr Lake State Park, Adams County, Colorado, USA (United States)
Mike Ross 6 January 2013 18 weeks ago 4
It was foraging in the grass.
Locality Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States)
Alexander Viduetsky 4 August 2009 1 year ago 3.9
Locality Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada (Monotypic species)
Ken Simonite 16 October 2012 29 weeks ago 3.8
attracted by our lunch
Locality Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA (United States)
Juan Carlos Marín 24 June 2007 4 years ago 3.6
Two halfgrown juveniles sitting on a fence.
Locality Bannack State Park, Beaverhead County, Montana, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Pia Öberg 13 June 2007 1 year ago 3.3