Saturday, 21 May 2011

Black & White minstrel

A visit today from a family group of magpies or more specifically Black-backed Magpies Gymnorhina tibicen, birds that are much loved for their beautiful warbling songs that are so much a feature of the Australian bush. There are three species of magpies in Australia with the Black-backed having the widest range. Noted not only for their songs but also for their aggressive behaviour in the breeding season when they will swoop on dogs, cats people and other birds that came near their territory. Their behaviour is also exacerbated due to people feeding them and making them more demanding. Unfortunately this has lead to numbers of birds being culled in suburban areas when people have been injured through their attacks.

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