|Copyright: Biplab Kr Mukhopadhyay (biplab59) (192)|
|Date Taken: 2011-10-10|
|Camera: Nikon SLR D5100|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-07-27 12:53|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is an Eurasian Magpie, European Magpie, or Common Magpie, (Pica pica), is a resident breeding bird throughout Europe, much of Asia and northwest Africa. It is one of several birds in the crow family named as magpies, and belongs to the Holarctic radiation of "monochrome" magpies.|
The Eurasian Magpie is 44–46 centimetres (17–18 in) in length - in the adult over 50% of this is tail - and a wingspan of 52–62 centimetres (20–24 in). Its head, neck and breast are glossy black with a metallic green and violet sheen; the belly and scapulars (shoulder feathers) are pure white; the wings are black glossed with green or purple, and the primaries have white inner webs, conspicuous when the wing is open. The graduated tail is black, shot with bronze-green and other iridescent colours. The legs and bill are black.
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this is a beauty. good that you have managed to take such a close shot. wish the resolution was better and a catch-light was there in the eye. but as i keep on saying... with birds, you never know :)
thanks for this post. i had always loved this bird (yet to meet).