Range: Only found in parts of Northern California, including the Sacramento River Valley.
Habitat: Magpies inhabit open woodlands, savannas or brush-covered country near streams.
Longevity: The oldest known wild magpie lived to be 11 years, 7 months old. They can live up to 14 years in human Care.
Diet: Omnivorous; will eat insects, small rodents and some vegetation. Sometimes will feed on carrion.
Ruckus arrived at Turtle Bay in June 2016 as a young imprint.
- Magpies are members of the corvid family along with crows, jays, nutcrackers and ravens. All corvids are known for their high intelligence.
- While they do eat some vegetation, they eat primarily insects and rodents and are considered to be beneficial to agriculture.
- Magpies generally nest individually, but can sometimes be found in loose colonies. They are social when feeding or after the breeding season.
- Like parrots, magpies have the ability to mimic. In human care, a magpie may be trained to imitate the human voice and “talk”. Ruckus can repeat several phrases, including “I’m smart”, “Hi”, and “I love you”
- Magpies will steal food from other predators! They will even enter a campsite, enter a tent, and steal food!
- Magpies are attracted to shiny objects and like to collect them and keep them hidden in their nests. A study showed that they steal over $215 million in coins every year.
- The black-billed magpie is the national bird of Korea. People in this country believe this bird brings good luck and happiness.