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.