- Length: 18 inches
- Large, striking bird
- Black sturdy bill
- Long, iridiscent tail
- Black head, breast, back, rump and undertail coverts
- White belly
- Iridiscent wings with white patches in flight
- Dark legs
The Black-billed Magpie can be told from the very similar Yellow-billed
Magpie by its black bill.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.