Magpie Study #1
Black-billed magpies are an elegant and graceful bird — members of the corvid family, and are one of the most intelligent birds found in North America. They mate for life and raise one brood a year. Being omnivorous their diet is quite varied changing with the seasons, insects, nuts, fruits, grains, eggs and even small mammals. In most light, magpies appear black and white but when the sun hits them at the right angle, they have a beautiful blue hue on some of their wing and tail feathers.