Magpie

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European Magpie


European Magpie
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Corvidae
Genera

Pica
Urocissa
Cyanopica
Cissa

The magpies are medium to large, often colorful and noisy passerine birds in the crow family, Corvidae. They are closely allied to the jays and treepies. The names 'jay', 'treepie' and 'magpie' are to a certain extent interchangeable, not reflecting any genuine genetic difference between the groups.

Recent research has cast doubt on the taxonomy of the Pica magpies, since it appears that P. hudsonia and P. nuttalli may not be different species, whereas the Korean race of P. pica is genetically very distinct from the other Eurasian forms.

Species

Genus Pica

Genus Urocissa

Genus Cyanopica

Genus Cissa

The Black Magpie, Platysmurus leucopterus, despite its name, is a jay.

Other corvids resembling magpies include the treepies, genus Dendrocitta.

Black and white birds unrelated to the corvids are often named magpies by analogy. These include the Australian Magpie.

See also

ast:Pega eo:pigo zh:喜鹊

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