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European Magpie

European Magpie
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-29 0:29
Viewed: 2671
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Magpie, also Eurasian Magpie and 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.
In Europe, "Magpie" is used by English speakers as a synonym for the European Magpie; it is the only magpie in Europe outside the Iberian Peninsula.
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The European 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)[1]. 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.
In flightThe young resemble the adults, but are at first without much of the gloss on the sooty plumage. The male is slightly larger than the female.
There are numerous subspecies. The northwest African race differs in having a patch of blue bare skin around the eye, no white patch on the rump and an unglossed tail. The southwest Arabian race differs in being smaller, with dull black plumage lacking iridescent tones, and minimal white in the wings. The Siberian races have more extensive white in the wings, and brilliant green iridescence; Korean birds have a purple gloss instead and relatively longer wings and a shorter tail.
Analysis of mtDNA sequences[2] has indicated that the Korean race, P. pica sericea, is very distinct from the other Eurasian forms, and may be a separate species. The North American Black-billed Magpie which looks almost identical to the Eurasian form and was previously considered conspecific is genetically closer to the Yellow-billed Magpie. The main Eurasian lineages of this astoundingly variable species have not been sufficiently sampled to clarify the status of such forms as the northwest African race P. p. mauretanica and the southwest Arabian race P. p. asirensis, which could also be distinct species.
A larger palaeosubspecies of the European Magpie was described as Pica pica major.(Wikipedia)

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Hi MF Siggi,

What a lovely moment you caught here! You've recorded the wind effect on plummage nicely. Nice pose and awesome bg too.
Have a nice day MF!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-29 1:16]

Hello Siegfried,
very well presented magpie.The colour is pleasant in well composed background.
The bird posed for you in a good style.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-09-29 1:16]

Hi Siggi,
Very good capture with great details and colors.TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-29 1:25]

Hi Siggi,it seem a black and whit pic,very good choice of point of view and excellent timing,it seem there was a lot of wind as i can see...Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-29 1:47]

Hi Siggi,
Very nice colors and details on this comun Bird species,great composition too, TFS!

Hi Siegfried,
A nice capture of this beautiful European Magpie. Very good composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Siegfried,
beautiful capture of this bird, sharpness and details is very good. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

Hola Siegfried,
interesante trabajo de esta especie que en mi zona es muy abundante,
yo diría que es una plaga y como en otros momentos de la historia reciente
un problema: para cultivos, otras especies, etc.
Bien captados los colores y reflejos azulados de sus alas.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Siggi, great capture of cute bird on a bealutiful lighting BG, splendid sharpness and good details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Siegfried. Intrigant capture in difficult light but exciting metallic colours.


Hello Sie,gfried perfect shot of a magpie.
Details and colours are excellent.
TFS and regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-29 7:22]

Hallo Siegfried,
Beautiful capture of this European Magpie.Details,POV,clear eyes and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing..

Hi Siegfried,

another great image from the Netherlands.
Good low pov and details.
I like the plumage.
Fine colours.


Hello Siegfried,

Magnifique capture de cet oiseau qui arbore un splendide costume de plumes irisées. Belle pie qui prend la pose.
Bravo. Yolande

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-09-29 10:38]

Hallo Siggi,
This composition is very lovely with European Magpie...
Nice backlight, colors and sharpness on the eye.
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-29 11:31]

Hello Siggi,
A fine capture of a Magpie with ruffled plumage, perhaps by the wind.
The low lateral POV, contrast with the grey rocky Bg, composition, sharpness and colours make this a first class image of a species that i have been trying to take a photograph of but have not succeeded yet, even though it is common.
Thanks and kind regards,

very nice shot with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Siegfried
fine capture of this european magpie taken in a nice pose and good POV, i like the wind effect on his feathers and the excellent details
Have a good night

Hallo Siegfried
very nice capture of lovely magpie on ground. natural colors, focus, POV and composition very nice. also frame. thanks for sharing, have a good night

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