Yellow-billed Magpie

Yellow-billed Magpies are distinctive birds with bold black and white markings, long tails, and bright yellow bills. The white patches are on their bellies and the shoulder of their wings. They also have iridescent blue on their wings.

  • Pica nuttalli
  • Length: 16.9-21.3 in (43-54 cm)
  • Weight: 5.3-6.0 oz (150-170 g)
  • Wingspan: 24.0 in (61 cm)


Yellow-billed Magpies are endemic and are only found in California, and they do not migrate.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Yellow-billed Magpies in areas with oak trees, often near streams, and they will forage on the ground in open areas such as fields for insects and grain.

Like most species of the crow family, they are opportunity feeders and will also eat trash, eggs, baby birds, fruit, and even feed on dead animals.

Yellow-billed Magpie Sounds:


Nests of Yellow-billed Magpies are built high up in trees and are pretty huge for an average-sized bird.

They are nearly 3 feet wide and made of sticks held together with mud and dung and then lined with softer materials such as grass and bark. The nest will often have a roof made of sticks.