Birds of Switzerland
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    Eurasian Magpie

    Pica pica

    Information

    Magpies have a bad name because they are regarded as nest robbers. They are omnivores, and during the breeding season the percentage of animal food increases. But even then, only a very small percentage of their food consists of eggs and young birds of other species. It is not only magpies and crows that rob nests but also woodpeckers, martens, squirrels and domestic cats. During the last decades, the population of magpies has only slightly increased in our country. They have, however, increasingly immigrated into settlement areas and have started to nest in close proximity to humans.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    common breeding resident
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    30'000 - 50'000 (2008-2012)
    Migration behaviour
    resident
    Length (cm)
    40-51
    wing span (cm)
    52-60
    Weight (g)
    200-250
    Nest site
    trees
    Food
    omnivore
    Group
    Crows
    Habitat
    settlements, farmland
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution