Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie on a bench at Sheep Lakes
Black-billed Magpie standing on a bench at Sheep Lakes.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 17.5-23.5”
Description: Black and white overall with blue-green iridescence on wings and tail.
Migratory Status: Year-round residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Live in a variety of environments including urban, open and riparian habitats with scattered trees to 13,000 feet in summer and 9,000 feet in winter.
Diet: Typically forage on or near the ground and eat a wide variety of foods including fruits, grains, grasshoppers, beetles, small mammals and carrion. Also eat ticks off the backs of large mammals including deer, elk and moose.

Last updated: July 5, 2019

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