Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Wild Bird Wednesday 397 - Australian Magpie

The Australian Magpie - or just Magpie - is one of the more visible birds in the area I live in.  It would be rare to go for a walk and not see one, or many.  There is one street near me where they are particularly common. I suspect that there may be a person who feeds them somewhere in that street.

On one corner you can often see these birds gathering in a group we have named The Squad.  Technically these birds are known as Cracticus tibicen - but I normally greet them with a 'Hello Mr. Magpie' - they seem to like a more informal relationship.

At some times of the year these birds can become rather aggressive and territorial - which is why I treat them with respect in the hope that they remember.

I have to say I rather like the yellow flowers in these images as well.










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20 comments:

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Talking to birds, huh. There must be a name for a condition such as this. Better watch out for the men in the white suits with the big nets, Stewart!

Rohrerbot said...

It's like the Hooded Crow of Britain! Such good looking bird!

Brian King said...

Very striking birds! Beautiful!

Rhodesia said...

They are very beautiful and great photos. Cheers Diane

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

They have "upside down" plumage as does our Bobolink, light on top.

Marcia said...

It has the same look as a crow that we have here. Though I think there are magpies in the western states.

Ranten said...

Great bird. I like the more common bird well! They are like good neighbors :-))

Marie Smith said...

I imagined Magpies to be smaller for some reason. Sturdy looking bird!

Rosie said...

Beautiful photos of the magpies. They are a lovely bird and they come to my front door most mornings, warble away until I talk to them, and each year they bring their baby too.

italiafinlandia said...

It is reall different from the European ones.
Nice to see.
Al the best.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

This bird looks like a cross between our MAgpie, Rook and Hooded Crow Stewart and I think they are as smart as them also. Great shots. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

Lea said...

Handsome birds, and intelligent-looking too!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Interesting colour combinations.

Cloudia said...

The best people communicate with nature including speaking with animals.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Nice photos of this bird Stewart. And those yellow flowers contrast nicely with the dark colors of the Magpie. Them being common where you are makes me think of crows here in Connecticut, US. It's common to see crows (and starlings) around here.

Linda said...

Neat looking bird! I often thank animals for posing for me.

R's Rue said...

What beautiful creatures.

carolinesnatuurfotografie said...

Hi Stewart, what a beautiful bird the that magpie. Beautiful pictures.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Nice series of images .. Happy week

Germán Ibarra Zorrilla said...

Un reportaje espectacular!!!