‘The thieving magpie’? No evidence for attraction to shiny objects

@article{Shephard2014TheTM,
  title={‘The thieving magpie’? No evidence for attraction to shiny objects},
  author={Tandy Shephard and Stephen E. G. Lea and Natalie Hempel de Ibarra},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
  year={2014},
  volume={18},
  pages={393-397}
}
Abstract It is widely accepted in European culture that magpies (Pica pica) are unconditionally attracted to shiny objects and routinely steal small trinkets such as jewellery, almost as a compulsion. Despite the long history of this folklore, published accounts of magpies collecting shiny objects are rare and empirical evidence for the behaviour is lacking. The latter is surprising considering that an attraction to bright objects is well documented in some bird species. The present study aims… 
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