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Eurasian magpie (Pica pica), Black-billed magpie (Pica hudsonia), Yellow-billed magpie (Pica nuttalli), Asir magpie (Pica asirensis), Maghreb magpie (Pica mauritanica), Korean magpie (Pica sericea), Black-rumped magpie (Pica bottenensis),Taiwan blue magpie (Urocissa caerulea), Red-billed blue magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha),Yellow-billed blue magpie (Urocissa flavirostris), White-winged magpie (Urocissa whiteheadi), Sri Lanka blue magpie (Urocissa ornata), Common green magpie (Cissa chinensis), Indochinese green magpie (Cissa hypoleuca), Javan green magpie (Cissa thalassina), Bornean green magpie( Cissa jefferyi), Azure-winged magpie (Cyanopica cyanus), Iberian magpie (Cyanopica cooki)

Holarctic (black-and-white) magpies
Genus Pica

Eurasian magpie

Eurasian magpie (Pica pica)
Range – extends across temperate Eurasia from Spain and Ireland in the west across Asia to the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Effect of urbanization intensity on nest-site selection by Eurasian Magpies (Pica pica). Xu Y, Cao Z, Wang B.Urban Ecosystems. 2020 Oct

Massive and effective acorn dispersal into agroforestry systems by an overlooked vector, the Eurasian magpie (Pica pica). Martínez‐Baroja L, Pérez‐Camacho L, Villar‐Salvador P, Rebollo S, Quiles P, Gómez‐Sánchez D, Molina‐Morales M, Leverkus AB, Castro J, Rey‐Benayas JM.Ecosphere. 2019 Dec;

Cache marking under field conditions does not affect nut recovery rate by the Eurasian magpie Pica pica, a scatter-hoarder corvid. Molina-Morales M, Albaladejo G, Castro J.Ardeola. 2019 Feb

Black-billed magpie

Black-billed magpie (Pica hudsonia)
Range – north America from coastal southern Alaska, central British Columbia, and the southern halves of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, through the Rocky Mountains down south to all the Rocky Mountain states including New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.

“Pica pica in the New World seems restricted to the “cold type steppe dry climate” region characteristic of that portion of the United States north of approximately 35′ ^latitude, west of about 100° longitude, and east of the Sierra Nevada-Cascade Range. Within this area Pica pica is widely distributed, breeding at most elevations up to10,500ft.(Ligon,1961)”
Distribution and abundance of the Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica) in North America. Bock CE, Lepthien LW.The Great Basin Naturalist. 1975 Sep

BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES (PICA HUDSONIA) CACHING FOOD IN SNOW. Hendricks P.Northwestern Naturalist. 2020 Jul

Declines of Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) and Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) in the north-central United States following the invasion of West Nile virus. Brenner SJ, Jorgensen JG.Western North American Naturalist. 2020 Jun

First observation of burnt vertebrate carrion scavenging by black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia (Sabine)) highlights the need to evaluate all possible scavengers at a site. Stamper T, Pharr L, Anderson GS, Gondor C, Dedmon A, Kimsey R.Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal. 2020 May

Deep phylogeographic breaks in magpie Pica pica across the Holarctic: concordance with bioacoustics and phenotypes. Kryukov AP, Spiridonova LN, Mori S, Arkhipov VY, Red’kin YA, Goroshko OA, Lobkov EG, Haring E.Zoological science. 2017 Jun

concept learning in Black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia). Magnotti JF, Wright AA, Leonard K, Katz JS, Kelly DM.Psychonomic bulletin & review. 2017 Apr

Yellow-billed magpie

Yellow-billed magpie, Pica nuttalli
Range – California

Abundance and distribution of the Yellow-billed Magpie. Western Birds, Crosbie, S.P., Souza, L.E. and Ernest, H.B., 2014.

Development of 10 microsatellite loci for Yellow‐billed Magpies (Pica nuttalli) and corvid ecology and West Nile virus studies. Ernest HB, Well JA, Kurushima JD.Molecular ecology resources. 2008 Jan

Vegetative and thermal aspects of roost-site selection in urban Yellow-billed Magpies. Crosbie SP, Bell DA, Bolen GM.The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 2006 Dec

Extra-pair behavior in Yellow-billed Magpies (Pica nuttalli).Bolen, G.M., 2000.

Yellow-billed Magpie drowns its prey. Blackburn CF.The Condor. 1968 Jul

Asir magpie

Asir magpie (Pica asirensis)
Range – southwestern Asir region highlands of Saudi Arabia.

Habitat modelling reveals extreme habitat fragmentation in the endangered and declining Asir Magpie, Pica asirensis, Saudi Arabia’s only endemic bird (Aves: Passeriformes). Boland CR, Burwell BO.Zoology in the Middle East. 2020 Oct

Maghreb magpie

Maghreb magpie (Pica mauritanica)
Range – North Africa from Western Sahara east to Morocco and Tunisia.

Aymen Nefla
Distribution and Vulnerability Assessment of North African Maghreb Magpies (Pica mauritanica) The Rufford Foundation

Complete taxon sampling of the avian genus Pica (magpies) reveals ancient relictual populations and synchronous Late‐Pleistocene demographic expansion across the Northern Hemisphere. Song G, Zhang R, Alström P, Irestedt M, Cai T, Qu Y, Ericson PG, Fjeldså J, Lei F.Journal of Avian Biology. 2018 Feb

Korean magpie

Korean magpie (Pica sericea)

Accumulation of perfluoroalkyl substance (PFASs) in Eurasian magpie (Pica pica sericea) in Korea (Doctoral dissertation, 한양대학교). 박기완, 2018

Urban and natural components of Korean magpie (Pica pica sericea) territories and their effects on prey density. Kim, S., Srygley, R.B., Lee, J.Y., Lee, S.I. and Choe, J.C., 2012.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza in magpies (Pica pica sericea) in South Korea. Kwon YK, Joh SJ, Kim MC, Lee YJ, Choi JG, Lee EK, Wee SH, Sung HW, Kwon JH, Kang MI, Kim JH.Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 2005 Jul

The ecology of the Black-billed Magpie Pica pica sericea in Japan. Acta Ornithologica, Eguchi, K. and Takeishi, M., 1997.

Black-rumped magpie

Black-rumped magpie (Pica bottenensis) (may be conspecific with P. pica)

Complete taxon sampling of the avian genus Pica (magpies) reveals ancient relictual populations and synchronous Late‐Pleistocene demographic expansion across the Northern Hemisphere. Song G, Zhang R, Alström P, Irestedt M, Cai T, Qu Y, Ericson PG, Fjeldså J, Lei F.Journal of Avian Biology. 2018 Feb

Oriental (blue and green) magpies
Genus Urocissa

Taiwan blue magpie

Taiwan blue magpie (Urocissa caerulea)

Complete mitochondrial genome sequence for the Taiwan Blue Magpie Urocissa caerulea (Passeriformes: Corvidae). Hsieh HI, Hou HY, Chang RX, Cheng YN, Jang-Liaw NH.Mitochondrial DNA Part B. 2018 Jul

Blue Magpie TEAgriculture: Eco-tea Cultivation and Participatory Farming in Pinglin Satoyama, Taiwan. Chang SE.Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2013 Nov

Case report: Pyogranulomatous aspergillosis in an endemic Formosan blue magpie (Urocissa caerulea). Chiu PH, Chan FT, Chen LJ, Shyu CL, Lin PT, Wang LM, Chen KC, Lin CC, Chang WF, Liao JW.臺灣獸醫學雜誌. 2010 Mar

Red-billed blue magpie

Red-billed blue magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha)

Key to the species of Morishitium Wienberg, 1928 (Cyclocoelidae), with the description of a new species from the red-billed blue magpie, Urocissa erythrorhyncha (Boddaert)(Corvidae) from Guizhou Province, People’s Republic of China. Dronen NO, Tkach VV.Zootaxa. 2014 Jul

Nest Site Selection of Red-Billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha). Chinese Journal of Wildlife, Xuewei, Y., Fuyun, W., Zhi, J., Shufang, H., Xinbo, H. and Zoo, H., 2014

Birds of the upper catchment of Ravi River, Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India. Indian Birds, Singh, A.P., 2011.

Yellow-billed blue magpie

Yellow-billed blue magpie (Urocissa flavirostris)

Bill deformities in House Crows Corvus splendens, Large-billed Crow C. macrorhynchos and Yellow-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa flavirostris in India Kasambe R.Newsletter for Birdwatchers. 2009

White-winged magpie

White-winged magpie (Urocissa whiteheadi)

Sri Lanka blue magpie

Sri Lanka blue magpie (Urocissa ornata)

Response of tropical avifauna to visitor recreational disturbances: a case study from the Sinharaja World Heritage Forest, Sri Lanka. Alwis NS, Perera P, Dayawansa NP.Avian Research. 2016 Dec

Genus Cissa

Common green magpie

Common green magpie (Cissa chinensis)

Nest-site selection by Common Green Magpie (Cissa chinensis) in a tropical dry evergreen forest, northeast Thailand. Salema CA, Gale GA, Bumrungsri S.The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 2018 Mar

Habitat Use and Diet of Common Green Magpie Cissa chinensis Boddaert, 1783 (Doctoral dissertation, Prince of Songkla University). Salema, C.A., 2016.

Indochinese green magpie

Indochinese green magpie (Cissa hypoleuca)

Javan green magpie (

Javan green magpie (Cissa thalassina)

Biology, taxonomy and conservation status of the Short-tailed Green Magpie Cissa [t.] thalassina from Java. VAN BALEN SB, Eaton JA, Rheindt FE.Bird Conservation International. 2013 Mar

Bornean green magpie(

Bornean green magpie( Cissa jefferyi)

An ornithological survey of Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Burner RC, Chua VL, Brady ML, Van Els P, Steinhoff PO, Rahman MA, Sheldon FH.The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 2016 Jun

Azure-winged magpies (Genus Cyanopica)

Azure-winged magpie,

Azure-winged magpie, Cyanopica cyanus

Azure-winged magpies’ decisions to share food are contingent on the presence or absence of food for the recipient.Massen JJ, Haley SM, Bugnyar T. Scientific RepoRtS. 2020 Sep

Azure-winged magpies fail to understand the principle of mirror imaging. Wang L, Luo Y, Wang H, Zou Y, Yao H, Ullah S, Li Z.Behavioural Processes. 2020 May

Iberian magpie

Iberian magpie (Cyanopica cooki)

Relationships between Haemosporidian Infection and Parental Care in a Cooperative Breeder, the Iberian Magpie Cyanopica cooki. Parejo-Pulido D, Magallanes S, Vinagre-Izquierdo C, Valencia J, de la Cruz C, Marzal A.Ardeola. 2020 Oct

Distribution of the parental care in the Iberian magpie Cyanopica cooki: worker males but lazy helpers?. de la Cruz C, Expósito-Granados M, Valencia J.Behaviour. 2019 Jan

Distribution of Azure-winged Magpies Cyanopica cooki in Spain: both local and large-scale factors considered. Palomino D, Carrascal LM, Potti J.Acta Ornithologica. 2011 Jun

Iberian azure-winged magpie Cyanopica (cyana) cooki nestlings begging calls: call characterization and hunger signalling. Marques PA, Vicente L, Marquez R.Bioacoustics. 2008 Jan

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