Not just black and white but iridescent blue, green and purple. The Magpie (also European Magpie) is a member of the corvid (crow) family and is remarkably intelligent for a bird.
It is the only non-mammal known to be able to recognise itself in a mirror.
Magpies in the snow. The name Magpie was originally Pie as in Pied (black & white).
The parent has a much longer tail than the juvenile
Juvenile, still with shortish tail, developing its colour