Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) in Hunter Valley

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Subject: Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) in Hunter Valley
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 10:25:46 +1000
Michael Norris wrote:

> I have never seen the Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) which is
> endemic to the Iberian Peninsula. Given its existence I cannot
> understand the "Eurasian Magpie" common name for Pica pica.

The name Eurasian Magpie is a bit dull, but accurate enough - the bird
occurs all across Eurasia from Galway to Vladivostok!  According to my
USSR guide, the Azure-winged Magpie also occurs in the Transbaikal and
Amur regions of SE Russia (Siberia) (and presumably south into China).
The Iberian birds must be a relict population.


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