Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica)


French: Pie du Maghreb German: Maghrebelster Spanish: Urraca magrebí

Pica Mauritanica


, 1845,

Oran and Bône, Algeria


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. pica, but differs in its broad blue flange behind eye (3); narrower white belly (1); much shorter wing (effect size vs P. p. melanotos −6.07; score 3); but longer tail (effect size vs P. p. melanotos 1.66; score 1); may also have more varied vocabulary#R. Monotypic.

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N Africa (Morocco, N Algeria and Tunisia).

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 November 2017).