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Australian Magpie


Australian Magpie
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Copyright: Angelo Nardo (nardophoto) (9818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-08 5:35
Viewed: 3271
Points: 2
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The Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) is a medium-sized black and white passerine bird native to Australia and southern New Guinea. A member of the Cracticidae, it is closely related to the butcherbirds. At one stage, the Australian Magpie was considered to be three separate species, although zones of hybridisation between forms reinforced the idea of a single species with several subspecies, nine of which are now recognised. The adult Australian Magpie is a fairly robust bird ranging from 37 to 43 cm (14.517 in) in length, with distinctive black and white plumage, gold brown eyes and a solid wedge-shaped bluish-white and black bill. The male and female are similar in appearance, and can be distinguished by differences in back markings. With its long legs, the Australian Magpie walks rather than waddles or hops and spends much time on the ground. This adaptation has led to many authorities maintaining it in its own genus Gymnorhina. Described as one of Australia's most accomplished songbirds, the Australian Magpie has an array of complex vocalisations.
The Australian Magpie is omnivorous, with the bulk of its varied diet made up of invertebrates. It is generally sedentary and territorial throughout its range. Common and widespread, it has adapted well to human habitation and is a familiar bird of parks, gardens and farmland in Australia and New Guinea. Magpies were introduced into New Zealand in the 1860s and are proving to be a pest by displacing native birds. Introductions also occurred in the Solomon Islands and Fiji, where the birds are not considered an invasive species.
Spring in Australia is magpie season, when a small minority of breeding magpies (almost always males) around the country become aggressive and swoop and attack those who approach their nests, especially bike riders.
This species is commonly fed by households around the country and is the mascot of several Australian sporting teams. (from wikipedia)


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difficult to fotograph this black and white bird. But you managed ist quite well. Thanks for showing this bird I miss since our trip to Australia - with its nice singing.
regards
Pierre

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