April 7, 2016 – Australian Magpie, White-backed Magpie, or Black-backed Magpie (Cracticus tibicen or Gymnorhina tibicen)

Requested by: @gepwin

Found in New Guinea and throughout most of Australia, except in very dense forests and arid deserts, these birds have also been introduced to New Zealand and Fiji. They eat mostly invertebrates, along with some carrion and small vertebrates, usually foraging while walking on the ground, and also sometimes begging for food from humans. Their platform nests are constructed in trees from sticks, roots, and sometimes wire and lined with grasses and hair. During the breeding season they often become very aggressive, attacking any intruders near their nests, including humans.

You can listen to their strange and complex songs here: http://test.xeno-canto.org/species/Gymnorhina-tibicen

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