There are around 15 different species of magpie spread across Europe, Asia and parts of Australia and Africa. Magpies are around 20" long with a slightly larger wingspan, although the exact size of the magpie is dependent on the species. The magpie is most closely related to the crow, but the magpie has highly distinguishable black and white feathers.
In China and Korea, the magpie is seen as a symbol of good luck and fortune. In the United Kingdom however, one magpie is said top be bad luck and seeing two is good luck (one for sorrow, two for joy).