Identification: The Magpie with its immaculate black and white plumage and green and blue gloss, is an unmistakable bird. In flight it can be easily distinguished by its long-tailed profile.
Habitat: Breeds and winters in open areas with trees or bushes, in woods, parks, gardens and hedgerows.
Distribution: A very common resident throughout most of Britain, although more local in northern Scotland. Becoming increasingly common in urban areas. One of the commonest birds of Europe.
Population: 590 000 territories in Britain, most common in the west and south. Also widespread in Ireland with 320 000 territories. 7-12 million breeding pairs widespread throughout Europe.