Capricorn Coast Birds
   
 
 
Australian Magpie
Cracticus tibicen
Average size 40 cm
 
     
 
 
     
 
These are found throughout Australia except for the densest forests and arid deserts, common and widespread they have adapted well to human habitation and are a familiar bird in open areas such as parks, gardens, streets and farmland with scattered trees or forest nearby. They nest and shelter in trees but forage mainly on the ground in these open areas.
They are among our most highly regarded songbirds and their complex, musical, warbling call is one of our most familiar bird sounds, they can mimic over 35 species of native and introduced bird species, as well as dogs and horses.
They eat a wide range of invertebrates such as earthworms, millipedes, snails, spiders and scorpions as well as a wide variety of insects and their larvae.
The nape, upper tail and shoulder are white in males and grey in females, they have a long breeding season, which varies, in different parts of the country. The nest is a bowl-shaped structure made of sticks and lined with softer material such as grass and bark, built exclusively by females and generally placed high up in a tree fork, often in an exposed position. As many of you know they can be very aggressive during breeding season.
 
     
  Similar to  
   
  Pied Currawong