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Species Code: PIPI
Breeding Range Map
Metadata (Data about data or how the map was made)
This species is common throughout eastern Washington lowlands in most habitats. It nests primarily in wetlands with willow trees; it also utilizes trees around farms and in other sites. The Magpie forages throughout eastern Washington in farmlands, steppe, wetlands, cities, residential areas, and orchards. Generally it is not found above the lower treeline, except in northeastern river valleys, where it occurs in agricultural areas and cities.
Core zones were all steppe, Oak, and Ponderosa Pine zones, plus fragments of the Interior Douglas-fir zone within the Columbia Basin region. Steppe zones and in forest zones within the Columbia Basin region were all high density development. In the Oak and Ponderosa Pine zones, low-to mid-density development, agriculture, wetlands, and forest openings and clearings were good.
Black-billed Magpies are a characteristic bird of eastern WashingtonÕs lowlands, but are rare in the forested regions of the state. Black-billed Magpies unknowingly contribute to the welfare of other east-side nesting species by building bulky nests. Abandoned nests are occupied by a host of other species, but especially benefit Long-eared Owls and SwainsonÕs Hawks.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester