Posted: 30/05/2015 at 19:32
.... but magpies could easly live on bugs,snails and stuff like that.
Afraid they couldn't. Saying that is like saying cats should live on carrots and lettuce rather than meat and fish.
Magpies are omnivores, they need a very varied diet in order to be healthy, and adults eat a wide range of things including seeds and insects, carrion, rodents, nuts, eggs and berries - but for magpie chicks to develop into healthy adults they have to be fed almost entirely on meat. If they don't have it they will die.
I know how you feel - I used to have a smallholding and we had lots of ducks - every spring the magpies would swoop down on the ducklings as mother duck proudly led them back and forth from nest to pond.
However, neither ducks, blackbirds nor collared doves are extinct - it's only humans that wipe out entire species.