Sunday, January 24, 2016

Australian Magpie

The Australian magpie's scientific name is Cracticus tibican.

The Australian magpie is very common and one of the easiest birds to recognize. They will live in groups of up to 25 birds. They like to live in open areas with nearby trees. They also like parks and ball fields.

The Australian magpies body is black and white. They have a white nape, upper tail and shoulders.

They look for insects and insect larvae on the ground. They are happy to take food from humans. They are known to go through an open door into a house looking for food.

They are usually very tame but during breeding season they can become very aggressive protecting their nest. Their nest is a platform built using sticks and twigs. They will line it with grass and hair. They build their nest 15m off the ground in the outer tree branches.

Sources and credits: Picture courtesy of: Pixabay