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Yellow-Billed Magpie - unique to this region

Posted April 14th, 2008 at 05:22 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour
Yellow-Billed Magpie
The isolated Magpie
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My most favorite local bird has to be the Yellow-Billed Magpie.

My interest in birdwatching and identification owes a lot to when I first observed this large, colorful bird some years back on a hike up Fremont's Mission Peak. I'd never seen such a bird before and was curious as to its species.

Not long after, I purchased my first bird identification book. It was the Yellow-Billed Magpie I hurriedly referenced and discovered a very interesting fact about the species and their location on the planet.

Their year-round range is limited to the valley and foothills of northern, central California.
They can be found only in this area!

I've learned the Yellow-Billed Magpie owes its range to forces...

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