magpie facts

Interesting magpie facts

Magpies are known mainly for their two interesting features.

Firstly, they look like ubiquitous crows, and secondly, they fall on different shiny objects, due to which they have long earned the reputation of small thieves. And indeed, they willingly steal small shiny things, and sometimes do it extremely boldly and confidently, taking the prey right out from under the nose of the rightful owner. Today we will tell you interesting facts about magpies. 

Facts about magpies

  1. These birds are found everywhere in Europe, in all regions except a few Mediterranean islands. And so they are found on almost all continents.
  2. The tail of magpie birds is longer than the body, as well as many other birds (interesting facts about birds).
  3. The magpies lead a sedentary life, but those that live in the north, still fly away to the warmer regions for the winter.
  4. On average, the magpies live 12-14 years, but in rare cases can live 25 years or even more.
  5. Magpies always make their nest to the south to be at least a little, but warmer.
  6. In ancient Russia, these birds were notorious. Many believed that malicious witches can turn into magpies. Because of this, in the 14th century, the Metropolitan of Moscow even forbade them to come to the city. It’s true that they hardly obeyed him, but the fact is.
  7. Despite the glory of frivolous creatures, the magpies are actually very smart birds. Their brains occupy about the same percentage of body weight as the humanoid monkeys (interesting facts about monkeys).
  8. Externally, males and females magpies are almost the same. The males are slightly larger, but not much larger, by 10 percent, no more.
  9. While on the ground, magpies usually jump, but if desired, they can walk in front of each other like ravens.
  10. The feathers of these birds are cast in metal and sometimes have a purple tint. However, in spring, because of molting, they fade for a while and lose their brightness.
  11. The area of the brain, which is responsible for the knowledge of the world, in the magpie takes about the same percentage as in the human brain.
  12. These birds are easy to learn. Thus, they can be taught to count and clean up their own cell with, for example, a small broom.
  13. The magpies usually help each other. They are also united in packs to more successfully resist predators.
  14. Most people are very annoyed by shades of shorts, sharp and loud, not melodic at all.
  15. Usually, only very pets remember people by face, and wild animals – by smells and other indirect signs. However, all the magpies know how to memorize and recognize human faces.
  16. These birds usually lay eggs earlier than other birds, sometimes already in April.
  17. To distract predators, the magpie usually builds not one nest, but 5-7. In the end, it will borrow only one, the best.
  18. These birds communicate with each other in a voice.
  19. Among all the birds of the magpie is the owner of one of the most developed intellects.
  20. Other forest animals, including large predators such as wolves and bears (interesting facts about bears), react to the chirping of the magpie, which was found in the forest of the hunter.
  21. Magpies willingly ravaging the nests of other birds, eating eggs and chicks.
  22. They form more or less permanent pairs, and actively protect their territory from the other magpie.
  23. At the age of just one month, the magpies are already learning to fly, and soon leave the mother’s nest.
  24. These birds know how to store food, burying them in the ground. And they unmistakably remember their location.
  25. In China, the magpie is considered a symbol of joy and happiness.
  26. Scientists still do not know why these birds so like to steal shiny objects. Most likely, they just like them, because they steal them, but do not use them in any way, but just throw them in the nest.
  27. The magic nest is not like an ordinary nest – it is spherical, about the size of soccer. The role of entry into it is one hole.
  28. These birds are more willing to settle closer to people than in the distance from them, in an unpopulated area.
  29. They choose their partners already in the first year of their lives, but their offspring are born with it only a year later.
  30. The wingspan of the adult magpie can reach 0.9 meters.
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