Friday, February 15, 2008

Japanese Magpies

According to Liza Dalby in East Wind Melts the Ice, Japan has magpies, too, but only in northern Kyushu. Japanese like the Latin name, Pica pica, because it sounds like "pika pika", which means "sparkle" in Japanese. And Japanese magpies are as well known for their attraction to sparkly things as Montanan magpies.

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