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Magpie Pariah

Odd Magpie Behavior - this Maggie seems to live a solitary existence, it appears not to belong to a flock.
It spends most of its time foraging on my lawn and seems to trust me whenever I walk by.
Occasionally I toss bits of bread on the lawn but yesterday when I left my door open
it paid me a me a visit - this was a grab shot with the phonecam.

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Re: Magpie Pariah

Nice visitor, but nothing like any magpies we get in the UK.

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Re: Magpie Pariah

You'll have to try him with a paint brush!
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Re: Magpie Pariah

Perhaps he likes monochrome paintings ?
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Re: Magpie Pariah

Jim, Andrew, Img - Yep, he's actually scheduled for portraiture next year.
Shot today on my lawn with the XZ1. Next time I'll roll out the big gun, E3 +50-200mm


In Flight, different genus of gender perhaps? (I'm no twitcher) E3 + SWD 50-200mm (Nov. 2013)

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Re: Magpie Pariah

Call that scraggy thing a Magpie!! Ours have a more pleasant shape and a sheen to their several shades - still a pest though Does Aussie have the same superstitions about them e.g. Single for woe etc ?
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Re: Magpie Pariah

Admittedly this guy is on the scraggy side, although all are not so. Perhaps like Jonathon Livingston Seagull he chose isolation over conformity, excellence over mediocrity, sagacity over superstition - your typical Aussie as one might say.
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Re: Magpie Pariah

Introduced European blackbirds are apparently well-established in south eastern Australia but Australian magpies are unrelated to the European species and are not even part of the same Corvid (crow-like) family.

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Re: Magpie Pariah

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Magpies are a familiar sight around our roads, feasting on the remains of unfortunate creatures that have met their end.

Apparently the superstition about single magpies is that they usually live and hunt as pairs, so if one bird is seen alone the other has probably been killed or injured.

But why do they always remind me of lawyers, feasting on others' misfortunes?
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Re: Magpie Pariah

A nice set. It seems they are the local equivalent of shrikes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_magpie

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Admittedly this guy is on the scraggy side, although all are not so. Perhaps like Jonathon Livingston Seagull he chose isolation over conformity, excellence over mediocrity, sagacity over superstition - your typical Aussie as one might say.
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Re: Magpie Pariah

Oh, but they DO ....
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Re: Magpie Pariah

Magpies tend to mate for life. So it has probably lost its partner. They are very social and do like human company (other than breeding season). Best not to feed them bread as it is bad for their digestion. Mine prefer pellet type cat food. You can have it posing for shots in no time.
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Re: Magpie Pariah

Ian,
Thanks, I was unaware of that.

Nigel,
Our species are apparently adapted to carbs as well as proteins - a healthy balanced Aussie diet you might say
Seriously though, it would be rare to see them scavenging carcasses, they leave that fare to the Currawongs and Crows.

Harold,
Thanks for the interesting link.

Lane,
I'm learning a lot about magpies from commentary here. I can testify as to how hostile to humans they are in the breeding season as I've been attacked by them when cycling.

They are also hostile to interloping magpies that encroach upon their territory.
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I can testify as to how hostile to humans they are in the breeding season as I've been attacked by them when cycling.

And we thought you just fell off!
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