General description

Large (up to 350 grams) black and white piebald bird with red eyes.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell any magpie within the Auckland region.

Open or disturbed areas, grassland, pasture, urban areas, plantations.

Restricts movement and residence of native birds through aggressive territoriality. Can prey on threatened species (e.g. lizards), may transmit diseases to native birds. Aggressive attacks in breeding season may cause roadstrike or wound people and pets.


Refer to the Pest animal control guidelines for information on how to control magpies, or contact Auckland Council at

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RPMP status

Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Magpie - Main species image