Magpies are common birds here, well-liked and often fed by households. Their early morning caroling is miracle of the Australian sound landscape, deep throaty warbles ranging widely in beautiful song. Here are the two that call our place home. She is the bigger bold bird, and he is slimmer and shyer. They have raised young and brought them to show us, but not in the last few years, we dont know why. Nevertheless we love to see them around!
Here she is on the marsupial lawn yesterday, scoffing down a tasty bug she has unearthed. He was nearby, patrolling the edge of the dam.
To hear the beautiful song go to this site and look in the right column lower down where you can click the sound recording. It is gorgeous!