Theropod Thursday 31: Thieving Magpie

Corvids simply are everywhere, and do the most surprising things. Recently, I linked to a very cool post by Kimberly Gerson on crafty corvids. Today, I can show you a very bold corvid: a thieving Eurasian magpie (Pica pica).

OK, this magpie stole some meat off the food of another bird, in a cage with mesh that it can get through easily – why do I think this an especially audacious act?

Two reasons: the mesh is tight enough that the magpie had to try around a bit to find a place to slip through. The other reason is the original owner of the food….

… a Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)! Check out those claws! And, as can be seen in the next photo, an owner quite interested in what was going on with his food!

Beware – the eagle is watching!

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About Heinrich Mallison

I'm a dinosaur biomech guy working at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
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3 Responses to Theropod Thursday 31: Thieving Magpie

  1. palaeosam says:

    I love how gutsy these guys are. I saw a magpie at a flying display once dive-bombing a bald eagle. That eagle was so peeved but it didn’t get anywhere near a successful retaliation. I don’t know what caused the assault, I can only assume the eagle flew too close to the tree containing his nest.

  2. Herman Diaz says:

    That reminds me of the vid in this link (although, IIRC, baldies are more docile than goldens): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0w9q125TSI&feature=plcp

    In any case, eagles (especially goldens) are still the most awesome avian theropods.

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