Pica Pica, or commonly known as the Eurasian magpie, is a resident breeding bird that can be found throughout Europe, much of Asia and northwest Africa.
It’s usually claimed that the magpie has an intelligent behavior. It can learn from its experience, for example, gather and hide food and later find it in spite of leaves or snow cover. There are many stories, legends and myths that includes the Pica Pica.
The opera La Gazza Ladra or The Thieving Magpie, by Italian composer Gioachino Rossini suggests the Pica Pica is a thief as well. It does likes shiny objects but I wouldn’t give it that attribute. All in all it’s an intriguing, energetic bird that fascinates me.
The Pica Pica is a cloth maché creature. The base is paper maché with an outer layer of textile strips. It measures 33 cm from beak to tail, is 16 cm high and 7 cm wide.
It is made of newspaper, glue made of white flour and water, wire scraps, cotton strips from used clothing, air hardening clay (eyes), oven bake clay (beak), white glue and acrylic paint.