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Set B4 - Bird Portraits - card information

3. Magpie

3. Magpie

This handsome bird of the crow family is intelligent and cautious - and a great thief. Its habit of egg stealing has made the gamekeeper its sworn enemy, though any animal food, including carrion is taken. The nest is built of twigs cemented with clay and lined with fine roots. Above it a sort of roof or dome is constructed, and there is one well-concealed entrance. When not persecuted the magpie appears to favour the neighbourhood of man. Its name is an abbreviation of the old name maggot-pie, an indication of at least one article of its diet.