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People who visit Montana are often surprised to see magpies and ask what in the world they are! These whimsical birds cut a graphic silhoutte against the bright blue skies. Many times I have seen flocks of magpies flying into a sunset and have mistaken them for tropical parrots except for the fact that the ground was covered with snow. The white on their wings painted bright pink and purple by the colors of the sunset make magpies appear other-worldly!

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