Quantcast

Latest Pica Stories

2008-01-13 08:08:24

Chimps eat dirt. This has been known for years. And while chimp cuisine might look more gritty than gourmet to us, it turns out our closest animal relations have a good reason for feasting on soil: It improves their health. By studying samples of soil eaten by chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda, a research team led by Sabrina Krief of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris found that eating soil with their meals boosts the anti-malarial properties of...


Latest Pica Reference Libraries

38_e87c45fefa3406d51eb1669cb6e02803
2006-02-24 11:46:26

The Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyana) is a bird in the crow family. It is 31-35 cm long and similar in overall shape to the European Magpie (Pica pica) however it is more slender and has proportionately smaller legs and bill. It has a glossy black cap on its head and a white throat. The underparts and the back are a light grey-fawn in color with the wings and the feathers of the long (16-20 cm) tail are a beautiful azure blue. Preferred habitats include various types of coniferous...

38_454a3161203a6e5b1aa619da2d66cfc2
2006-02-24 11:10:11

The Yellow-billed Magpie (Pica nuttalli) is a large bird in the crow family that is found only in California. It inhabits the Central Valley and the adjacent chaparral foothills and mountains. Apart from its having a yellow bill and a yellow streak around the eye, it is virtually identical to the Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia) which is found throughout North America. Genetic testing indicates a closer relationship between these two, than to the outwardly very similar Eurasian European...

38_4832f324e213d52fa44b216255d03903
2006-02-24 11:04:20

The European Magpie (Pica pica) is a resident bird throughout Europe, much of Asia, and northwest Africa. It is one of several birds in the crow family named as magpies. There are numerous races. Recent research has indicated that the Korean race, P. pica sericea, is genetically very distinct from the other Eurasian forms, and may possibly be a separate species. The northwest African race P. p. mauretanica and the southwest Arabian race P. p. asirensis are also distinct in plumage and may...

magpie
2006-02-24 10:07:02

Image Credit: Thinkstock.com Magpies are medium to large passerine birds of the crow family, Corvidae. These colorful and noisy birds are closely allied to the jays and treepies. The names 'jay', 'treepie' and 'magpie' are to a certain extent interchangeable, and do not reflect any genuine genetic difference between the groups. Research has recently cast doubt on the taxonomy of the Pica magpies, since it appears that P. hudsonia and P. nuttalli may not be different species, whereas the...

34_74eef3f9f9966e5a91affcd9a6b392dd
2005-06-14 09:57:14

The Black-billed Magpie is a large bird in the crow family that occurs in the western half of North America from Alaska to Oklahoma. Externally, it is almost identical with European Magpie (Pica pica) and is often considered specific. However, the American Ornithologists' Union splits it as a separate species (Pica hudsonia) on the grounds that it is genetically closer to California's Yellow-billed Magpie (Pica nuttalli) than to the European Magpie. This bird prefers semi-open country with...

More Articles (5 articles) »
Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'