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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: NIKON D 610, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-07 13:31
Viewed: 1551
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The European Magpie, Eurasian Magpie, or Common Magpie, (Pica pica), is a resident breeding bird throughout Europe, much of Asia and northwest Africa. It is one of several birds in the crow family named as magpies, and belongs to the Holarctic radiation of "monochrome" magpies. In Europe, "Magpie" is used by English speakers as a synonym for the European Magpie; it is the only magpie in Europe outside the Iberian Peninsula.

The European Magpie is one of the most intelligent birds, and it is believed to be one of the most intelligent of all animals. The expansion of its neostriatum is approximately the same in its relative size as is found in chimpanzees, orangutans and humans.

The European Magpie is 4446 centimetres (1718 in) in length - in the adult over 50% of this is tail - and a wingspan of 5262 centimetres (2024 in).[3] Its head, neck and breast are glossy black with a metallic green and violet sheen; the belly and scapulars (shoulder feathers) are pure white; the wings are black glossed with green or purple, and the primaries have white inner webs, conspicuous when the wing is open. The graduated tail is black, shot with bronze-green and other iridescent colours. The legs and bill are black.

Magpies have been observed engaging in elaborate social rituals, possibly including the expression of grief. Mirror self-recognition has been demonstrated in European magpies. The magpie is thus one of a small number of species, and the only non-mammal, known to possess this capability. The cognitive abilities of the European Magpie are taken as evidence that intelligence evolved independently in both corvids/crows and primates. This is indicated by feats such as tool use, their ability to hide and store food across seasons, episodic-like memory, and the ability to use one's own experience in predicting the behavior of conspecifics. Various behaviours have been observed that indicate intelligence.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-07 13:54]

Hello Marius,
What a beautiful photo of this European Magpie. Gorgeous light and colours in superb sharpness and details. Attractive pose with eye contact. Nice composition.

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
PS: per cortesia clicca mi piace

Ciao Marius
照的清晰 很漂亮的樹鵲
顏色鮮豔 也非常的特別 跟台灣的喜鵲有點相似 很新奇
光線亮麗 角度照的很棒非常的優美 整體都很清楚亮麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Marius,
nice bird. Very interesting pose. Nice composition. Excellent natural colours.
Have a nice day,

A very fine composition with the Magpie perched on a leafless branch, Marius.
The catch-light in the bird's eye makes this capture much more impressive.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Mr.Marius,
Excellent picture of this Magpie.Top to bottom well detailed and sharpened.Like splendid soft light allover.Nice pose with attractive placement.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-01-07 23:57]

Beautiful portrait of the European Magpie, under very pleasant light, shown very well the characteristic features of the bird. Good note, too!

TFS, Marius


Superb shot Marius!
Great details and excellent sharpness on this lovely variety of Magpie. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-08 5:38]

Sitting very pretty...beautiful magpie giving fine pose...well composed image. tfs.

Hello Marius
Wonderful image of this European Magpie.
Superb composition.
Great clarity and colour.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-08 7:21]

hello Marius,
Very fine light illuminates this bird-shot. The Magpie is perfectly shown, black and white are rendered in an excellent manner. Fine composition too. Beautiful pose of the bird too.

Hello Marius
Excellent composition, clear background, good light, perfect focus and detail, good stance and eye contact. A beautiful portrait
regards yiannis

hallo Marius
super composition with beautiful colours and good details
the BG is also very good
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-08 9:18]

Hi Marius,magnificent capture of this magpie,very common in my country too in the last years,great pose and spectacular details,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Beautiful photo of this shy and clever bird Marius! Very good composition, nice lighting and good sharpness!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-08 10:06]

Hi Marius,
A very nice shot of this magpie. Nice composition
and sharpness details in amazing natural colors.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Marius

Excellent photo of the European Magpie, with a very fine POV and
the lateral light shining the bird, expressive and proud pose,
great focus, sharpness, and details, the catch-light enhance
the photo by rendering it more beautiful, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-01-22 23:03]

Hello Marius
what a stunning view! Exciting composition of graphical style in such an elegance post.
Very lively presentations.


Hello Marius,
Lovely pose and excellent details.

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