Dingle & District Gun Club Magpie

Magpies seem to be jacks of all trades - scavengers, predators and pest-destroyers, their challenging, almost arrogant attitude has won them few friends.

With its noisy chattering, black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie in Ireland.

When seen close-up its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail.

Non-breeding birds will gather together in flocks

Where to see them

Found across Ireland.

Seen in a range of habitats from lowland farmland to upland moors.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Omnivore and scavenger.