People have noticed that we have a lot of colourful birds in Australia – so here’s one that manages to be rather splendid in a grey scale kind of way.
When I first arrived here I did not see many of these birds – but once I learnt their voice they are not hard to find. I often see them as I walk to work. I pointed one out to a stranger once and I think he was on the verge of calling the emergency services about an escaped lunatic before I walked off!
Most years they breed in the old oak trees near out house. They are related to Australian Magpies – but don’t seem to have the same aggressive tendencies. As far as garden birds go I have to say they are rather special!
You can find more birds here at World Bird Wednesday.
You can also look at my other blog by clicking on the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen (go on – you may like it!)