|Scientific name||Cracticus tibicen|
|Length||14.5 to 17.0 inches (36.0 to 44.0 centimeters)|
|Wing span||25.5 to 33.5 inches (65.0 to 85.0 centimeters)|
|Life span||25 years|
|Number of eggs||2 to 6 eggs|
May I have some more?
In Australia, wild magpies search the ground for insects and receive hand-outs from humans. Some have even become comfortable enough with people that they will fly into their houses to beg for food!
Sweet and sour
During most of the year, Australian magpies are friendly creatures, but when it comes to breeding season, Magpies aggressively protect their territory. They will swoop down on anything they believe is a threatening predator. Looking directly at an Australian magpie decreases the likelihood that they will become aggressive.
Walk it out
Most birds hop or waddle around when they are not flying. Magpies’ legs are long and muscular and built for fast walking to chase prey on the ground.
All grown up
Young Australian magpies don’t stay in their nests very long. Approximately three weeks after hatching, most magpies will be out hunting for food on their own. Some of these birds will beg for food for nine months before seeking it on their own.
Sing it, magpie
Australian magpies are named Cracticus tibicen for their singing. Tibicen means “flautist.” These birds can be heard singing beautiful warbles early in the morning throughout rural Australian.
Australian Magpies are not threatened.
No effort is too small!