Maghreb magpie

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Maghreb magpie
Maghreb magpie (Pica mauritanica).jpg
In Souss-Massa, Morocco
Maghreb (European) Magpie, Morocco.jpg
Marrakech, Morocco
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Pica
P. mauritanica
Binomial name
Pica mauritanica
Malherbe, 1845

The Maghreb magpie (Pica mauritanica) is a species of magpie found throughout North Africa, from Western Sahara east to Tunisia. It can be distinguished from the Eurasian magpie by the patch of blue skin behind its eye, the narrower white belly, the shorter wings, and the longer tail.[2]

A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2018 found that the Maghreb magpie was sister to a clade containing all the other members of the genus Pica.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Pica mauritanica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  2. ^ del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N.; Christie, D.A. (2018). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. ^ Song, S.; Zhang, R.; Alström, P.; Irestedt, M.; Cai, T.; Qu, Y.; Ericson, P.G.P.; Fjeldså, J.; Lei, F. (2017). "Complete taxon sampling of the avian genus Pica (magpies) reveals ancient relictual populations and synchronous Late-Pleistocene demographic expansion across the Northern Hemisphere". Journal of Avian Biology. 49 (2): 1–14. doi:10.1111/jav.01612.