One of the most striking features of the Black-billed Magpie is its long, iridescent blackish-green tail. Its long wings are also iridescent. Its head and back or black and it has a heavy black bill, black legs and feet and white underside.
The males are females are similar in appearance.
A member of the crow family of birds (Corvidae), it is found across most of western North America.
The Black-billed Magpie is omnivorous, feeding on almost anything it can find including insects, carrion, birds, eggs, garbage, berries and nuts.