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Magpie
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Because in Greek the same name (κίσσα/kíssa or κίττα/kítta) is used for the magpie (Pica candata) and the jay, and because these two corvids can be trained to talk, the respective context, as in Plin. HN 10,78 with the mention of the long tail, must ensure the designation. Plin. HN 10,98 reports on their removal of the eggs as a reaction to disruptive observation by humans. Actually, magpies build several nests to protect themselves. However, his description of how they hang two eggs stuck to a twi…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Magpie”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e329630>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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