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20091113Da_EL_005=_MG_8605-White-backed-Magpie-feeding-juvenile-Brisbane-Australia-EL+PS.jpg
A male Australian Magpie feeds a morsel of food to a first-year juvenile bird.  //  Australian Magpie - Artamidae (=Cracticidae): Cracticus (=Gymnorhina) tibicen - length to 44cm; wingspan to 85cm; weight to 350g. Feeds mostly on the ground - insects, worms, small vertebrates, and frequently seen listening for subterranean noise from insect larvae that it digs up.  A sociable widespread species usually found in groups throughout most of Australia except for the heavily forested areas and the far northern coastal areas. A number of regional subspecies were previously classified as full species. May be aggressive during breeding season, especially if provoked by stone or stick throwing, and will swoop and dive at the transgressor to sometimes spear them with the sharp beak. Adult males are clear black and white, whereas females have varying degrees of grey feathering according to subspecies - this male is the White-backed subspecies of eastern Australia.  Adult eyes are bright brown, juveniles are duller.  Juveniles are mottled brown or grey where adults have black plumage. Has a very pleasant carolling song, as well as sharp alarm calls. Also found in the trans-Fly River area of New Guinea.    //Eric Lindgren//