The Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) is a medium-sized black and white passerine bird native to Australia and southern New Guinea. Although once considered to be three separate species, it is now considered to be one, with nine recognised subspecies. A member of the Artamidae, the Australian magpie is placed in its own genus Gymnorhina and is most closely related to the black butcherbird (Melloria quoyi). It is not, however, closely related to the European magpie, which is a corvid.
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Australian birds are totally fascinating. It does look like other magpies, but a you say, it’s not the same at all.ReplyDelete
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The Magpie is a handsome bird! Great photos! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend. PS, thanks for visiting my blog and for the comment.
Hello. Interesting bird. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
I've never seen a magpie, thanks so much for sharing! :)ReplyDelete