Black-billed Magpie

Scientific name: Pica hudsonia

The Black-billed Magpie’s very long tail may throw you off, but a look at its bill and its behavior might convince you that it is indeed related to crows. It is a species well known to many Native American tribes, because it would follow them on bison hunts to eat the scraps. The Black-billed Magpie’s diet also includes grain, fruits, and small mammals.

The male Black-billed Magpie brings the female food while she incubates the eggs. Pairs sometimes mate for life. During the winter months, magpies often roost together in large groups of 100 or more birds.