One of my favorite Montana birds, the Magpies stay in the neighborhood all year. If you watch where they go along roads, you may follow them to ravens and eagles. This bird was in the receding snow on the south side of my house. Their other favorite place is the top of my roof.
The Black-billed Magpie is part of the crow family, and inhabits western North America and southern Alaska. This species is one of the few in which mates stay together for life. They nest at the tops of evergreens and other deciduous trees, and are mainly non-migratory. At times, the Black-billed Magpie will travel south or east during winter months, but they typically form colonies and roost together during this time of year. The Black-billed Magpie is omnivorous, dining on berries, insects, carrion, eggs and rodents. Populations are so dense that the conservation status for this species is rated as Least Concern.
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