January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Magpie, a bird of the crow family. It is about 20 inches (50 cm) in length, including its long, wedge-shaped tail. The magpie is glossy black, except for white wing patches and breast. Its heavy bill is well adapted for eating insects and grain. The bird also feeds on fruit, rodents, and the eggs and young of other birds.


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