Development of 10 microsatellite loci for Yellow-billed Magpies (Pica nuttalli) and corvid ecology and West Nile virus studies

Holly B Ernest, Jay A. Well, Jennifer D. Kurushima

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We developed 10 polymorphic microsatellite loci for Yellow-billed Magpies (Pica nuttalli). The primers were tested across a population of 57 Central California Yellow-billed Magpies and displayed an average of 3.9 alleles per locus. Forty-one American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) from California were polymorphic for seven of the loci with an average of 2.9 alleles per locus. One additional microsatellite-containing locus displayed diagnostic allele sizes and may be useful to distinguish between the two species. These corvid specific microsatellites will aid ecological studies of the population-level effects of diseases, such as West Nile virus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-198
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular Ecology Resources
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008



  • Corvus brachyrhynchos
  • Crow
  • Magpie
  • Microsatellite
  • Pica nuttalli
  • West Nile virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry

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