Australian Magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen.
There is quite a lot of controversy in New Zealand over magpies as some regard them as introduced pests and others as naturally introduced from Australia. Some authorities argue for control of magpies because of their impact on New Zealand birds. But it was ice to see them in their natural setting in Australia. These shots taken int he Barossa Valley.
Family: Artamidae. Order: Passeriformes. The Australian Magpie is black and white, but the plumage pattern varies across its range. Its nape, upper tail and shoulder are white in males, grey in females. Across most of Australia, the remainder of the body is black. In the south-east, centre, extreme south-west and Tasmania, the back and rump are entirely white. The eye of adult birds is chestnut brown.