With its noisy chattering, black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie in the UK. When seen close-up its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail.
Here you can hear a Magpie chattering with a scared Blackbird in the background making it’s alarm call.
Magpies seem to be jacks of all trades – scavengers, predators and pest-destroyers, their challenging, almost arrogant attitude has won them few friends.
You can see lots of Magpies around Leeds. They make a lot of noise and are omnivores and scavengers.
- What is an omnivore?
- What is a scavenger?
- What is a predator?
- What does iridescent mean?
- What is a “jack of all trades”?
There are lots of superstitions about magpies – see if you can find out more.
“One for sorrow,Well-known rhyme about Magpies
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret
never to be told”