The magpies dig for grubs in the early morning sun.
If you are not familiar with the heart-warming sound of our magpies greeting the day, then pop over to Birds in Backyards and have a listen to a 14-second soundbite in their sidebar.
The Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen) is a medium-sized black and white passerine bird native to Australia and southern New Guinea. Although once considered to be three separate species, it is now considered to be one, with nine recognised subspecies.
This female has a black band across her shoulders, between the grey speckled feathers – evidence of interbreeding between the white-backed and black-backed sub-species. These two certainly seemed paired.
Magpies were introduced into New Zealand in the 1860s but have subsequently been accused of displacing native birds and are now treated as a pest species. Introductions also occurred in the Solomon Islands and Fiji, where the birds are not considered an invasive species. The Australian magpie is the mascot of several Australian sporting teams, most notably the Collingwood Magpies and Port Adelaide Magpies.
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