Iridescence And The Role of Plumage Variations In Juvenile Magpies

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Juvenile Black-billed Magpies have significantly less iridescence in their plumage than the adults so the amount that appeared in this young bird surprised me. [...]

Magpies Scavenging Entrails Rejected By Raptors

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On my last Montana trip I think I figured out part of the reason why Black-billed Magpies often perch high on power poles in some areas. I’m sure this apparent behavior is known to others but it was something new for me. [...]