Yellow-billed Magpie, Pica nuttalli

15 Feb

A beautiful member of the Corvid family. Yellow-billed Magpies are only found in California’s Central Valley and Coastal ranges. They are so beautiful. They also took a big hit between 2004 to 2006 from West Nile Virus. However, there is some evidence that they are rebounding from that. They were named Audubon California’s Bird of the Year for 2009. I wonder what their acceptance speech was like!

Posted via web from Liza Lee Miller


6 Responses to “Yellow-billed Magpie, Pica nuttalli”

  1. Crafty Green poet 16 February, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    the yellow bill is very striking, otherwise they look very like our magpies, which are so much of a pest we forget how handsome looking they are.

    • Liza Lee Miller 17 February, 2010 at 6:06 am #

      Laugh. Most Corvids are pretty pesky . . . while I adore the Ravens at our school, I’m pretty much alone in that with the staff. I’ll have to post some photos of WHY the Ravens aren’t popular at my school.

  2. Lynne at Hasty Brook 16 February, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    Tht’s a very handsome bird.

  3. Pam 16 February, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    What a nice looking bird!! I hope they continue to rebound.

  4. Wende 17 February, 2010 at 12:41 am #

    Ok, he looks so fluffy, I could just squeeze him. I’m beginning to really adore the corvid family. 😀

    • Liza Lee Miller 17 February, 2010 at 6:09 am #

      I know . . . they are pretty cute. However, they are Corvids and probably wouldn’t take kindly to being squeezed . . . you might loose a chunk of hand that way! 😀

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