1. says

    Australian Magpies are endlessly fascinating to watch as their family group works over their patch of open country. Feed a family regularly and they’ll come up every morning to sing for breakfast.

  2. shelly says

    Nice pics! The first two are magpie-larks, which aren’t closely related to Aus magpies (or larks). We do seem to have a lot of black & white birds.

  3. rq says

    I caught a set of four magpie/mockingbirds in the walnut tree this morning. Stealing the dog’s food, naturally (Ronja was out front visiting with the dog across the street, they had a nice wail-along together at the unfairness of it all).

    The magpie larks have the same great colouring, but in a smaller, daintier package -- the contrast in character is visible.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    I wish I saw magpies more often. Crows and jackdaws seem so much more common here. If the acorns in under the oak near my place are good enough for crows, squirrels and ducks, why not for magpies.

  5. rq says

    Ice Swimmer
    We didn’t used to have a lot of them around our house, until we got a dog that lives (mostly) outside.
    Put out some dogfood and see what happens. :)

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