Birds by Name – M

Magpie

The Magpie, Pica pica, is a resident breeding bird of the Crow family, Corvidae, and is common throughout Europe, much of Asia and northwest Africa.

Retiro Park, Madrid

The Magpie averages about 45 centimetres in length and has a wingspan of between 52 and 62 centimetres. Its head, neck and breast are glossy black with a metallic green and violet sheen while the belly and shoulder feathers are pure white. The wings are glossy black with a bit of green or purple.

Magpies are considered to be very intelligent, some saying they are not only one of the most intelligent birds but also one of the most intelligent of all animals.

Magpie, Madrid

Magpies are omnivorous scavengers and will eat almost anything.

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Pica
Species: P. pica

Mannikin

Bronze Mannikin

The Bronze Mannikin, Lonchura cucullata, is a small passerine bird, around 10 centimetres in length, found in much of Africa south of the Sahara Desert in dry savanna habitats.

Bronze Mannikin

Bronze Mannikin

The Bronze Mannikin has brown upperparts, a dark purplish-black head, white underparts and dark markings on the flank. Its bill is shades of grey, light below and darker above. The sexes are pretty similar but juvenile birds have pale brown upperparts and a buff head and underparts.

The nest is made of grasses and built in trees.

Six to eight eggs is the norm for the Bronze Mannikin.

Bronze Mannikin

Bronze Mannikin

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Lonchura
Species: L. cucullata

Martin

Crag Martin

Crag Martin

Crag Martin

House Martin

House Martin, Nerja

House Martin, Nerja

Martin in flight

House Martin