After awhile you don’t think much about the birds that occur where you live. This species is a desired bird to see by birders from all over the world. It only occurs over a small area of California. Whenever I run into someone who has come a long distance and is excited about seeing the Yellow-billed Magpie, it amazes me because they are just another local bird for me. I guess the same occurs when I go bananas over seeing a Dickcissel in Texas or a Fish Crow in Florida. One man’s rarity is another’s common bird.
Its cousin, the Black-billed Magpie has a much wider distribution over several lower states in the west, Canada and up into Alaska.