U.S. Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service



Thomas C. Hall, Wildlife Biologist, USDA/APHIS/Animal Damage Control, Olympia, Washington 98502

Document Type Article


Magpies ( Pica pica and P. nuttalli have lived in close association with humans for centuries. Magpies are found in western North America. Magpies are associated with the dry, cool climatic regions of North America. Magpies are omnivorous and very opportunistic, a characteristic typical of other corvids. Magpies, like other corvids, are intelligent birds. Magpies have come into conflict with humans in North America for quite some time. Magpies are protected as migratory nongame birds under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.