Eurasian Magpie
Sounds & Calls

Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)

Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)
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The Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) [also known as the Common Magpie or simply ‘Magpie] is a member of the crow family and is a common bird throughout the United Kingdom, much of Europe and across the northern part of the Asian continent.

What does a Eurasian Magpie sound like? Eurasian Magpies make a range of different sounds, their most commonly heard call is a loud, harsh chattering “chak-chak-chak-chak…..”. They also give shorter “ch-tak” calls and higher-pitched squeaky ‘chuik’ phrases. Soft, warbling mechanical songs are also occasionally given by this species which often include squealing sounds and sometimes mimicry of others bird calls.

Listen to Eurasian Magpie Sounds

The audio in the video below features at least two Eurasian Magpies calling in a temperate woodland. Recorded in early spring in Nunty’s Wood in the United Kingdom.

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