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Australian magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen | by Steve Attwood
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Australian magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen

We have a pair of adult magpies which include our garden as their territory. Each year they bring their youngsters to the garden especially when our walnuts start to fall. As I mow the lawn lots of nuts get broken open and the birds love it, but when the magpies move in the smaller birds give them space. I love their call, especially in the morning.

The black-and-white Australian magpie is a common and conspicuous inhabitant of open country throughout much of New Zealand. It was introduced from Australia and Tasmania by Acclimatisation Societies between 1864 and 1874, mainly to control insect pests. There are three subspecies; the black-backed, and two white-backed forms, with white-backed birds predominating in most parts of New Zealand.

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Taken on April 11, 2020