Birds

Black-backed Magpie

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I was taking photos of bees when I spotted the magpie on the other side of the fence. The lane down the side of our house is being graded. No idea if the intention is to seal it, or not. Mr R is thrilled, as the road has been widened by a metre – he will have less grass to mow.

While idly Google-ing, I read that if the male magpie is taken away and relocated the female will often take a new mate withing hours. After all, she needs a new fellow to help feed her chicks and guard her territory. The new male often does a better job of feeding her chicks than their father. Probably because he was too busy swooping kids which is why he would be relocated in the first place.

Thanks for looking. Have a good day. 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Black-backed Magpie

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love the warble of the magpies, Auntie Alma’s street in Albury ended in a cul-de-sac with a lane going out to the paddocks, you could hear them chatting to each other in the big gums, thought it sounded welcoming. We seem to be lucky with none swooping at us, I think they have realised we are not going to climb their trees to hurt their eggs.

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    • On this expert’s website, he said that the magpies will only swoop while they have actual young birds in the nest. Also, they have the ability to remember all people who live within their territory, by sight, so they know who they can trust, I suppose. Clever birds!

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  2. I love our maggies and their songs. So different to the magpies in the UK. Bot beautiful in their own way.
    I have heard that if you feed them they won’t swoop. But I don’t advocate feeding wildlife. Umbrellas also work.

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    • You probably ‘tsk tsk tsk’, and shakle your head, every time I speak of putting out seed for the birds, then! Though I do it on an irregular basis, so they have to fend for themselves.
      The magpies here are a different species to the European magpie which is a row. Magpie warbles are magical!

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    • I was struck by his plumage, too, Janet. I think most of them around here are the white-backed, or else females with grey feathers. The western magpie has grey speckles on the back, too. I must do a comparison photo shoot. 🙂

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