Birds that visit our gardens and school grounds
Each week we will be featuring a bird that frequently visits our school grounds and gardens. This week our chosen bird is The Magpie.
The Magpie is a member of the Crow family. Its head, breast and back are black, while the shoulders, stomach and sides are white. The most beautiful parts of this bird are its wings and long tail feathers which shine in the light and are a mix of black, bright blue, green and purple. Juvenile Magpies have much shorter tails than their parents, the white of the plumage is dirtier, and the black is less glossy.
A pair of Magpies will build their nest in a large tree using small branches and twigs, and line it with mud and vegetation. The female blackbird will on average lay 5 to 8 pale blue eggs in April with olive green or grey markings. The eggs usually hatch after 21 to 23 days and the chicks will stay in the nest for up to 28 days before fledging.
Distribution: Found all year round across all parts of the United Kingdom except the highlands of Scotland.
Habitat: Can be found in a range of habitats from lowland farmland to upland moors.
Description: Black and white with long black, green, blue and purple tail.
Size: Length: 44-46 cms. Weight: Weight: 200-250 grams.
Life-span: A Magpie can live for up to 3 years.
Food: Feed on insects, rodents, carrion eggs and nestlings, grain, berries and fruit.
Magpie (Top left) Magpie nest (Bottom right)