{Mag, short form of Margaret; and pie, from L. pica, a. magpie.] A bird of the Crow tribe, distinguished from the true crows by its small size, short wings, long tail, and variegated plumage. It is noted for its cunning, is easily tamed, and may be taught to speak a few words. It feeds on snails, slugs, worms, frogs, rats, mice, and the eggs and young of poultry; and when disturbed by any person or animal it keeps up a continual chatter, from which comes the saying to "chatter like a magpie." Magpies are common in Europe and in the northern parts of America.