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Cracticus tibicen

The magpies dig for grubs in the early morning sun.

having a sing-song

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.

digging deep

Wikipedia says…

 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.

having another happy warble

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.

yeah, I know I’m quite handsome

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.

listening to the ground

Thanks for looking!

Do have a great weekend.



I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

3 thoughts on “Cracticus tibicen

  1. I love the magpies carolling, it’s such a beautiful melody. We have a pair that live at our place and see and hear them everyday. They don’t say no to a bit of meat either!

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