Magpie (disambiguation)

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Magpie may refer to:



"True" magpies, four genera in the bird family Corvidae:

  • Pica (black-and-white magpies, 1-4 species, Northern hemisphere)
  • Urocissa (blue magpies, 5 species, S-SE Asia)
  • Cissa (green magpies, 3 species, E-SE Asia)
  • Cyanopica (azure-winged magpies, 2 species, Iberia and E Asia)

Other Corvidae:

Bellmagpies, songbirds related to Corvidae in family Artamidae or Cracticidae, namely:

Songbirds unrelated to Corvidae:

  • Magpie-lark or Murray Magpie (Grallina cyanoleuca, a black-and-white monarch flycatcher from Australia)
  • Magpie-robins (Copsychus, 8 species of long-tailed turdoids from the Indian Ocean region)
  • Magpie Starling (Speculipastor bicolor, a black-and-white starling from Africa)
  • Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leveriana, a black-and-white tanager from South America)

Other birds:

  • Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata, a peculiar black-and-white goose from the Australian region)
  • Magpie (pigeon) (Elstertümmler, a black-and-white fancy pigeon originating in Germany)
  • Other domestic breeds with piebald plumage

Butterflies and moths[edit]

  • Magpie (butterfly), the milkweed butterfly Protoploea apatela from the New Guinea region
  • Abraxas grossulariata, a moth in the family Geometridae, called The Magpie in Great Britain and Ireland
  • Eurrhypara hortulata, a moth in the family Pyralidae, called the Small Magpie in Great Britain and Ireland
  • Nyctemera amicus, a moth in the family Arctiidae from south-east Asia and Australasia, sometimes called the Magpie Moth
  • Nyctemera annulata, a moth in the family Arctiidae, called the Magpie Moth in New Zealand


  • Magpie cat, a bicolor cat with irregular black-and-white spotting
  • Magpie perch or Magpie Morwong (Cheilodactylus nigripes, a fish of family Cheilodactylidae)



  • HMS Magpie, one of eight Royal Navy ships that have been given this name

Sports clubs[edit]

Various football clubs may be known, formally or informally, as the Magpies:



United Kingdom

United States


  • La gazza ladra or "The Thieving Magpie," an opera semiseria in two acts by Gioachino Rossini
  • "Magpie", a song by The Mountain Goats on their album The Sunset Tree
  • "Magpie", a B-side song by the English rock band Blur on their 1994 single "Girls & Boys"
  • "Magpie", a song by Patrick Wolf on the album The Magic Position
  • Magpie Records, British record label set up in 1976 by Bruce Bastin
  • Magpie Lane, English folk group, based in Oxford
  • The Thieving Magpie (album), musical album by Marillion
  • Magpie, a folk duo since the 1970s
  • Magpie, an album by Stephen Fretwell.
  • "Morning Mr. Magpie", a song by the English band Radiohead on their 2011 album The King of Limbs
  • "Magpie to the Morning". a song by the American folk singer Neko Case from her 2009 album Middle Cyclone
  • Good Morning, Magpie, an album by American band Murder By Death


See also[edit]

  • The Magpies, most famous poem by New Zealand poet Denis Glover (1912–1980)
  • Magpie Recycling, workers' cooperative based in Brighton, UK
  • Montrose Magpies, fictional British quidditch team from the Harry Potter book series
  • The Magpie's Nest, English fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs
  • The Other Magpie, a woman of the Crow Nation of Native Americans who fought in the Black Hills War