28 August, 2011

Australian Magpie

Scientific Name: Gymnorhina tibicen

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Year-round in grasslands and artificial landscapes of Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands

Field Notes: Large black and white bird with pale, black-tipped bill and red eye. Magpie-lark smaller with yellow bill and eye. Pied Butcherbird less gregarious with upright posture and white nuchal collar, not patch.

Personal Notes: These birds were much less camera shy in Australia than they are in New Zealand.

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