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Australian Bird Songs
#The Magpie ~ Gymnorhina hypoleuca

The photograph of the Magpie sitting on our telephone wire above is of the "white-backed" magpie. Australian magpies differ to those in other parts of the world. The magpie feeds mostly on the ground and congregates in territorial groups. They skirmish and play quite noisily. Their habitat is almost anywhere there are trees and open areas of bare, soft ground or grass; orchards, parkland, playing fields, golf courses, suburban areas and gardens. They can be quite aggresive to humans near their nests. The first call is of a juvenile Magpie calling to its parents. The second is the melodious warble of the adult Magpie. These magpie calls are especially for Bev's Cat, who I've been told liked the whipbird!

Ornithological Information from The Graham Pizzey & Frank Knight Field Guide to the Birds of Australia published by Angus & Robertson, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Australia 1977.

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