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 Birds of Rochedale
Australian Magpie is a large butcher bird with similar pied plumage and a fl tipped strong, hooked beak.
Australian Magpies have adapted well to the increase of cities and towns and they can be found in most suburban parks, gardens and back yards.
Magpies occupy permanent territories which vary from roughly 10 to 20 hectares and are used for feeding, roosting and nesting.
www.rochedalss.eq.edu.au /birds/magpie.htm   (442 words)

 Australian Magpie
An uncommon alternative name for the Australian Magpie is Flute Bird, which refers to its loud musical flute-like song, often performed as a duet or by groups.
Australian Magpies are common and conspicuous birds, found wherever there is a combination of trees and adjacent open areas, including parks and playing fields.
Although the Australian Magpie is generally quite tame, during the breeding season some individuals become aggressive towards any intruders, including humans, that venture too close to their nest sites.
www.amonline.net.au /factsheets/australian_magpie.htm   (291 words)

 Australian Magpie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) is a medium-sized fl and white bird, closely related to the butcherbirds and currawongs.
Magpie attacks sometimes cause injuries, typically minor wounds to the scalp; however, this is uncommon.
Australian Magpies are territorial, and this presents the opportunity for people to get acquainted with the local pairs and their offspring.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Australian_Magpie   (850 words)

 Magpie by DaRC
Magpies are believed to have evolved from a Jay-like ancestor and the 'pie' in Magpie and Treepie refers to the fl and white or pied plumage of many of them.
Magpies live for an average of two and a half years and the adults live in pairs during much of the year, meeting in the winter to fly in groups and spend the night in dense bushes.
Another interpretation states that the magpie is the village spirit that announces good omens, and the tiger is the servant that does his bidding; another that the tiger is a yangban (aristocrat) and the magpie is the representative of the common people, scolding him for his insensitivity to their plight.
druidry.org /obod/lore/animal/magpie.html   (3119 words)

 Synanthropy of the Australian Magpie: A Comparison of Populations in Rural and Suburban Areas of Southeast Queensland, ...
However a group of magpies that previously exhibited extreme aggression towards humans were found to have a greater frequency of aggressive interactions with potential predatory intruders, which were primarily humans.
Subsequent examination of the level of corticosterone from this aggressive group of magpies found that a high level of aggressive interactions with potential predators and humans is reflected in higher level of corticosterone, which may have implications for further behavioural and even physiological changes.
Comparisons of magpies disturbance distances at different points along the urban gradient (the gradient that runs from the urbaised city to natural wildlands) found suburban magpies only responded to humans when they had approached to a close distance (often less than one metre) and many simply walked away to avoid the approaching human.
www4.gu.edu.au:8080 /adt-root/public/adt-QGU20040924.152124   (892 words)

 Australian magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The bell magpie was brought to New Zealand by the Acclimatisation Societies to control pasture pests and was protected until 1951.
For most of the year magpies are not aggressive, but for four to six weeks during nesting they will often defend their territory vigorously.
People walking past may be seen as ‘invaders’ of the territory, prompting the magpies to fly low and fast over the person clacking their bills as they pass overhead.
www.nzbirds.com /birds/magpie.html   (1468 words)

 Australian birds - Mad, cocky, deceptive and a nuisance
The Australian Magpie is found all over Australia and is notorious for swooping humans during the breeding season.
Although the attacks may be a nuisance, the Magpie compensates by feeding on small snakes and insects.
As a metaphor of the great Australian trait to leave baggage in the past and look optimistically to the future, the two hold the shield on the Australian Coat of Arms.
www.convictcreations.com /animals/birds.htm   (952 words)

 Australian magpie
The magpie's lack of shyness has made it popular with suburban gardeners and farmers both for its carolling song, and its appetite for insect pests.
Magpies feed on small insects and animals that live on, or just under, the surface of the ground.
Magpies are protected throughout NSW, and it is against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young.
www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au /npws.nsf/Content/The+Australian+magpie   (728 words)

 Australian Magpie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Although named after the European Magpie (a type of crow), the Australian magpie is completely unrelated to any of these species.
Magpies are social birds, living in territorial groups of 3-24 birds.
Magpies have a complex social structure with females dominating and a single male predominating the rest, mating with any or all females during breeding.
www.westernwildlife.com.au /western/birds/magpie.html   (329 words)

 Australian Magpie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Gymnorhina tibicen): is one of the best-known Australian birds.
Magpies become very tame when they are in close contact with humans.
Magpies sometimes call at night usually when the moon is full or almost so.
www.yallaroo.com.au /Magpie.htm   (294 words)

 Australian Magpie
The Australian Magpie is a familiar bird throughout all the states of Australia.
The eyes of the Australian Magpie are mahogany colored and the feet are fl.
The female magpie who does most of the nest building generally builds their nests in tall fascinating trees like pines, macrocarpras, eucalyptus or willows.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/birding/74182   (416 words)

 Magpie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The magpies are medium to large, often colorful and noisy passerine birds of the crow family, Corvidae.
Among the traditional magpies, there appear to be 2 evolutionary lineages: One consists of Holarctic species with fl/white coloration and is probably closely related to crows and Eurasian jays.
The Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen is conspicuously piebald fl and white feathers reminding of an European Magpie, but it is not corvid at all.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Magpie   (511 words)

 Magpie in Nature & Myth
Magpie is a bird that belongs to the same family as crows, ravens, and jays.
The most famous painting related to a magpie is the one with striped tiger (ggach'i wha horangi minhwa): the magpie is happily chirping to a tiger.
Magpie: Pica Pica This fl and white, fl-billed, long-tailed Jay is the only member of its family to live in both hemispheres.
www.wisdomportal.com /Magpie.html   (869 words)

 The Genetic and Social Mating System of a White-Backed Population of the Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen ...
The Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) is a large, sedentary, omnivorous passerine.
In my study population of Australian magpies, 38% of fledglings were sired by males outside the territorial group.
Future directions for the study of mate choice in the Australian magpie are outlined with a proposal to study variation at the major histocompatibility complex between mated pairs.
www4.gu.edu.au:8080 /adt-root/public/adt-QGU20040716.093636/index.html   (964 words)

 Mating Systems in Australian Magpies - National Zoo| FONZ
Kate Durrant, a postdoctoral fellow with the National Zoo's Genetics Lab, focused her work on one of the eight races of Australian magpie, the white-backed magpie, which inhabits the southeastern portion of Australia.
She determined the social and genetic mating system of this race and compared it to that of another race, the western (or varied) magpie, which lives in western Australia.
The western magpie is the current record-holder among birds for the highest rate of extra-group mating activity.
nationalzoo.si.edu /Animals/Birds/NewsEvents/magpie.cfm?slide=1   (87 words)

 Australian Native Birds
Found mainly in south-eastern Australia, the male Australian Wood Duck has a solid darker-brown head; the female's head is a lighter brown with pale stripes.
The female Australian Magpie's white collar is mottled grey.
The juvenile Australian Magpie has a grey mottled look, and its eyes are brown.
www.waratahsoftware.com.au /wp_birds_birds.html   (916 words)

 Piping Shrike
Governor Tennyson in his dispatch to the Secretary of State for the Colonies said 'I herewith forward a flag with the new device upon it - the South Australian Shrike in the rising sun of the Commonwealth and hope that as it is a fine design and one which has been favourably received here....'.
Magpies can roughly be divided into white-backed and fl-backed.
The white-backed magpie is largely confined to western and southern Australia.
www.australianfauna.com /piping_shrike.php   (362 words)

 Plants & Animals: Australian Magpie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Sweet-voiced magpies are the fl and white minstrels of Australia.
Australian magpies are often found in relatively open gardens, and sometimes become quite tame in suburban areas.
During the nesting season between August and October, after the chicks have hatched, both male and female magpies often vigorously defend the nest by swooping and diving at potential intruders.
www.calm.wa.gov.au /plants_animals/bird_magpie.html   (319 words)

 Sightings of the bird: Australian Magpie, (Gymnorhina tibicen) in the upper Blue Mountains, Australia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
It began with a Female Magpie who we called 'Stretch' because of her long legs (compared to the Butcher Bird Family we have here), then came along a Male Magpie we called 'Winger'because he has a broken wing and can't fly, therefore remaining on the ground.
This Baby Magpie comes to us to be fed,(raw mince)and allows us to play with him by rolling over etc, he follows us around the property at our feet wherever we go on the property.
She was 25 yrs old, which I believe is quite an age for a magpie.
www.bluemountains.net /birds/bird.asp?bird_id=183   (1411 words)

 Australia's Lost Kingdoms - Australian Magpie
Description: The Australian Magpie is a familiar bird throughout all states of Australia.
The Australian Magpie prefers open forests and woodlands with nearby clearings, where it looks for insects, worms and other small animals to eat.
Fossils: Fossils of the Australian Magpie have been found in several Australian states, including at the Naracoorte World Heritage fossil deposits in South Australia, and in Victorian fossil deposits.
www.lostkingdoms.com /facts/factsheet47.htm   (143 words)

 Birds in Backyards - Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) Fact sheet
The Australian Magpie has one of the world's most complex bird songs.
The Pied Butcherbird, Cracticus nigrogularis, can be distinguished from the Australian Magpie by its fl head and bib separated from the fl back by a complete white collar, and white underparts.
The Australian Magpie is larger and has a heavier bill than the similarly coloured Magpie-lark, Grallina cyanoleuca.
birdsinbackyards.net /finder/display.cfm?id=24   (393 words)

 IngentaConnect Do territorial and non-breeding Australian Magpies Gymnorhina tib...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
We conducted regular observations on six territorial breeding groups and three non-breeding flocks of Australian Magpies for 1 year to determine (1) if other birds avoid flying or foraging close to Australian Magpies, (2) the proportion of passing birds that are attacked and (3) which social subunits of the Australian Magpie population are most aggressive.
Australian Magpies in non-breeding flocks were not seen attacking other birds, except Australasian Harriers (attacked in 17% of appearances).
The numerous published observations of Australian Magpie attacks are apparently biased heavily towards sensational events that are rare.
www.ingentaconnect.com /content/bsc/ibi/2006/00000148/00000002/art00015   (457 words)

 Australian Birds - Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Groups of up to 24 birds live year round in territories that are actively defended by all group members.
Australian Magpies are found wherever there is a combination of trees and adjacent open areas, including parks and playing fields.
Although the Australian Magpie is generally quite tame, during the breeding season some individuals become aggressive towards any intruders, including humans, which venture too close to their nest sites.
www.usability.com.au /resources/ozewai2005/birds2/birds14.htm   (288 words)

 Australian Magpie - Lamington National Park
The body of the Australian magpie is fl apart from a whit nape and white upper wing, rump and top of tail.
Lives in well defined groups of 2 to 10 birds in eastern regions, although only one brood of young is usually reared.
Although normally quite tame, the magpie may become highly aggressive during breeding season - swooping at passerbys who may walk too close to the nest.
lamington.nrsm.uq.edu.au /Documents/Birds/australianmagpie.htm   (147 words)

 PunkClown's Australian Bird Calls
Australian magpies differ to those in other parts of the world.
The magpie feeds mostly on the ground and congregates in territorial groups.
The second is the melodious warble of the adult Magpie.
home.iprimus.com.au /punkclown/Punkclown/Magpie.htm   (147 words)

 Australian Birds - Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Pied Butcherbird can be distinguished from the Australian Magpie by its fl head and bib separated from the fl back by a complete white collar, and white underparts.
The group depends on this territory for its feeding, roosting and nesting requirements.
Some Australian Magpies can be very aggressive during breeding season and attacks on humans and pets can occur.
www.usability.com.au /resources/ozewai2005/birds/birds14.htm   (288 words)

 Magpie - Bird Photos from Australia - Birding
Magpies are known around the world for their inquisitive nature and their fl and white coloring.
The Australian Magpie is part of this worldwide flock.
Because they eat insects, magpies are welcomed by most gardeners and are quite tame in populated regions.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art16553.asp   (83 words)

 Australian Magpie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Australian magpie is one of the most common and well-known birds in South Australia.
Magpies are found in open country with trees, all over Australia.
The magpie sometimes attacks people if they go near their nests during the nesting season.
www.teachers.ash.org.au /jmresources/birds/magpie.htm   (137 words)

 Australian Museum Online - October 2006 Edition
From intimate cocktail parties to large functions, there are several spectacular venues for you to choose from.
The Australian Museum has an exciting range of exhibitions, events, tours and holiday programs on our What's on calendar.
Information for general vistors, education groups, and 5s and under can be found on Visiting the Museum.
www.amonline.net.au   (138 words)

 Countrybookshop.co.uk - Australian Magpie
The Australian magpie ranks amongst the foremost songbirds of the world.
This book covers research on magpie vocalisation and aspects of anatomy, physiology, development and health.
It includes the latest research on magpie vocalisation and aspects of anatomy, physiology, development and health not previously published.
www.countrybookshop.co.uk /books/index.phtml?whatfor=0643090681   (169 words)

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