Yellow-Billed Magpie

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Yellow-billed Magpie

Pica nuttalli


One was found in the wild with severe wing injuries and came to CuriOdyssey from Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center in Jan. 2012. Another was found in Davis, CA, with a fractured right elbow. A wildlife rehab center donated her to Sacramento Zoo, and she was donated to CuriOdyssey in Jan. 2012.

Fun Facts

Yellow billed magpies are the only endemic Californian bird (meaning they are found in California and no where else).

Birth Date


Diet in the Wild

Insects, carrion, seeds, fruits, and nuts, such as acorns

Diet at the Museum

Soaked dog kibble, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter crumble, mealworms, and various meats

Life Span

In the Wild: 2 to 6 years
In Captivity: up to 15 years.


Found near water among tall trees bordering streams, in park like groves either on valley floor or in hills, also open bare ground, cultivated fields, orchards, pastures, and vacant city lots.


Found exclusively in California, mainly in Sacramento, the San Joaquin Valley, and coastal valleys south of San Francisco.

Conservation Status:

Least Concern; Magpie populations have continual threats of West Nile Virus because they tend to roost near bodies of water and are exposed to mosquitoes more often. Habitat loss/destruction and the use of rodent poison are also considered threats.