This black and white bird is nearly crow-sized and has an extremely long tail that is about double the body length. Bill black, culmen curved. Eye brownish. Head, breast and back black. Belly and shoulder-patch white. Wings greenish-blue. Legs, vent and under tail coverts black. At close range the tail is iridescent greenish-blue. In flight, wingtips are white with black edges, shoulder patches white, and the back is iridescent greenish-blue. Only similar species is Yellow-billed Magpie, which is smaller with yellow skin around eye and an all yellow bill. The ranges of these two species do not overlap.
Length: 48 (cm) Wingspan: 63 (cm)
Chattering wock wock and various squawks.
Riparian, shrubby areas and open country including sagebrush, grasslands and meadows.
Forms large flocks in winter. Uses scent to locate food. Fairly vocal.
Diet consists of small mammals, insects, carrion, grains, nuts and acorns, and berries.
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