Pica hudsonia


This long-tailed corvid with white and iridescent black plumage may be seen in Haines during the winter months. The opportunist magpie will eat carrion, small mammals, vegetation, eggs, nestlings, and garbage.

   Among the more unique behaviors of the black-billed magpie are their so-called “funerals” they hold for other deceased magpies. Flocks will gather around the body of their fallen comrade to learn about nearby threats and the cause of death. The large group may preen feathers, prod the body, or even move the body to a safer location. Eventually, the entire group will fly off in silence.