This Black-Billed Magpie, Colorado’s State Bird, Was Posing For Me In RMNP


One of my “most viewed” blogs is the one about the Black-billed Magpie, the Colorado State Bird. I always laugh because it’s a photograph of a Black-billed Magpie on the hood of a car. I happened to see it when I was getting into my car at the end of a hike. At that time it was my only picture of a Magpie.

So, I’ve looked and looked for another good picture to take of this beautiful state bird but never could find one…until now.

Phil and I were driving down Old Fall River Road and there was this Black-billed Magpie flitting around on the ground. When he saw us slow down, he jumped up on this pole and looked at us. He looked like he was hoping that someone would take his picture. How funny!

I obliged and rolled down my window and clicked away. Here’s my new picture of the Colorado State bird, the Black-billed Magpie. He looks like he’s posing, doesn’t he?

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3 thoughts on “This Black-Billed Magpie, Colorado’s State Bird, Was Posing For Me In RMNP”

  1. I believe Colorado’s State Bird is the Lark Bunting, a migratory species which in summer lives in our grasslands, hayfields and sagebrush in the eastern and northwestern parts of Colorado. The male when in breeding plumage is strikingly black and white too. The species is in the family Emberizidae, which also includes the sparrows and towhees. Our magpie is here all year, and in the family Corvidae, so related to our jays, Clark’s Nutcracker, crow and raven. Maybe being year-round residents encourages their bold ways…

  2. Thanks Bruce! Someone told me that when we moved out to Coloradoand I never questioned it. Now I know…thanks!

  3. Mel, we were in almost the exact same spot yesterday and saw a magpie. I remember it because I also thought it looked like it was posing. Funny.

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