Translation of magpie in Spanish:

magpie

urraca, n.

Pronunciation /ˈmæɡˌpaɪ/ /ˈmaɡpʌɪ/

Definition of urraca in Spanish

noun

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    Zoology
    urraca feminine
    picaza feminine
    • The corvines - crows, rooks, jays, magpies and jackdaws - are relentless stealers of other birds' eggs and chicks.
    • Long-eared Owls usually nest in abandoned stick nests, often the nests of magpies, crows, ravens, or hawks.
    • The brain-to-body ratio of crows, ravens and magpies equals that of dolphins and nearly matches humans.
    • He said the proliferation of Corvids birds like grey crows, magpies and rooks could be directly linked to the decline in songbirds in the area.
    • Just 40 metres away was the lynx, sharing its meal with some noisy magpies.
    • There are 113 members of the avian family called Corvidae, or corvids, which includes crows, jackdaws, rooks, ravens, as well as jays, nutcrackers and magpies.
    • The campus, which was once a barren patch of land, was converted into a haven for magpies and robins and blue jays in a short span of 30 years.
    • Chit-chat - keep talking to your baby about what you see and hear as you walk along, anything from the noisy bus to the magpies squabbling in the trees.
    • A pair of long-tailed magpies is building a nest in the trees along the millstream that runs down from the hills and through town.
    • Like jays and crows, their cousins, magpies are mischievous and bold.
    • In learning to escape the vigilance of crows, birds also avoid the attention of some other predators, such as jays and magpies.
    • Driving through farmland you will come across a variety of wildlife including spur winged plovers, white faced herons, and magpies playing roadside roulette and taunting cyclists.
    • Netting unless very well put on the trees prove no good as the clever jackdaw or cheeky magpie can get in with ease in the smallest opening.
    • There was the occasional chatter of magpies or jays, and once the bobbing flight of a greater spotted woodpecker.
    • Some kind of magpie was chattering from the cherry trees, sounding like a child's imitation of a machine gun.
    • Mr Fletcher said that a number of people had been caught keeping wild birds, particularly finches and magpies, as pets.
    • A sudden flash of ebony and ivory caused me to scream shrilly without intention as the bird, a magpie, flew directly at my exposed face!
    • All around the greedy jackjaws, blackbirds, thrushes and magpies eye the ripening fruit and at the exact moment that the fruit ripens they pounce leaving nothing but pips.
    • If we do not get magpies under better control the damage they do to other birds eggs and newly-hatched chicks will continue.
    • With the exception of magpies and pigeons, birds are rarely seen in gardens, but the talk included pictures of all kinds of birds in their natural habitats.
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    (hoarder)
    urraca masculine, feminine
    • The Eameses were magpie collectors of Americana - toys, tools, quilts, cotton reels, primitive paintings - and this love affair shines through their short films.
    • They are very far from being traditional; they are magpie collectors of everything that might suit them, and that includes rhetoric.
    • We are living in a society based on the concept of ownership; a magpie culture.
    • The things inside came from Rayburn's magpie collection of boxes, art supplies and flea-market treasures, and they were arranged to suggest the way they'd once been stashed in his studio.
    • The colourful packaging, all purples and pinks, should appeal to your magpie tendencies, while the actual products - eau de toilette, bath crystals and more - will not disappoint.
    • Yet if Paolozzi's work was the result of the brilliant deconstructions and recontextualisations of a magpie mind, at its heart lay simple draughtsmanship, a natural engagement with beauty.
    • He was the human sampling machine, selling millions of records and drawing degree-level analysis from critics impressed by his magpie eclecticism and arch intelligence.
    • This suggests that Scotland's best hope lies in the evolution of a creative magpie cuisine that draws on diverse culinary influences, tempered by the realisation that less is more.
    • It was Jo Gordon's trademark Dr Who scarves that first aroused the magpie eyes of the UK fashion pack three years ago, sounding the first death knell for the soppy pashmina.
    • I managed to avert my eyes in the Christmas decorations section - they're just so sparkly, you see… my magpie tendencies cannot resist.
    • The Ding Foundation is the squirrel and magpie of the theatre world - collecting and rescuing abandoned objects, and all the debris and detritus of other people's lives, and animating them in order to tell stories.
    • In a nursing home herself, with the help of a retired schoolteacher, she rewrote her entire memoir and added it to her massive magpie stack of letters, clippings, essays, and keepsakes.
    • English prides itself on being the magpie language, freely picking up foreign words to incorporate into its flexible vocabulary.
    • For the rest of his long, innovative and hugely prolific career, he drew inspiration from the comics, novelties, magazines, toys and cheap novelettes collected over the years with magpie insatiability.
    • Which isn't to say that their music is entirely created by others - but it is a collaborative, magpie process, drawing on the talents of remixers as much as their own restless experiments with samplers and computer programs.
    • Together, they form a visual diary of his trips, containing thousands of photographs, ephemera, pages from magazines and newspapers - anything that catches Galliano's magpie eye.
    • The exquisite but inexpensive jewellery acts like a magnet to magpie wives and their pleased husbands who can finally afford ‘something really nice’ in the cheap displays.
    • While clearly inspired by a Romantic sensibility, he is never quite free from the bonds of his precise, inquiring, magpie mind.
    • Such are the artist's magpie tendencies that one of the reasons he chose his flat in Leith was that it afforded him a view of a scrapyard.
    • The better-known Salsa Celtica also stood out amongst the crop of musical magpies, playing to a jam-packed Fruitmarket and augmenting their Cuban sound with pipes and fiddles following the lead of the brass section and keyboards.
  • 3US

    (chatterbox)
    cotorra feminine informal