The Unlikely Relationship of Elks and Magpies

elk g18af3364b 1920 The Unlikely Relationship of Elks and Magpies


  • The North American Elk or Wapiti is one of the largest mammals in Canada.
  • While there are over 20 species of magpies around the world the black-billed magpie can only be found in Canada
  • These two animals have a unique relationship whereby an elk is often found with a magpie on its back. The bird is likely to stop by for a snack, usually a tick that attacks the elk
  • Researchers have found that the relationship is a factor dependent on personality whereby a shy elk and bold magpies are the ones likely to interact with each other. […]

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