Australian Magpies - id request

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Australian Magpies - id request

Postby Jim Kirker » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:01 pm

These two were foraging on a footy field this evening. The one on the grass has a white nape and brown eyes, so an immature male ? The one that flew off and perched on a nearby fence has scalloped brown belly feathers and dark brown wings, so a juvenile sex indeterminate ? They both have a saddle, incomplete in what I think is the older bird.
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Australian Magpie, Liston Park, Auckland 09/10/19
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Australian Magpie, Liston Park, Auckland 09/10/19
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Re: Australian Magpies - id request

Postby Hypno » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:06 am

the one one the grass with a cream bill is adult male, juveniles have a black bill and grey breast. Perched bird looks a female Juvenile based on the grey side portion of the breast feathers i can see, hard to tell with out seeing the bill and breast fully.both may have some hybridization with back backed? ... _267230124
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Re: Australian Magpies - id request

Postby Jan » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:22 pm

The first one is a female I would say. Males have pure white backs.
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Re: Australian Magpies - id request

Postby Clinton9 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:42 pm

Larger White-backed magpies are common thought NZ, but smaller Black-backed magpies lives in east NZ.
They are very very wary & nervous and cannot be approached, expert breeding season when they become aggressive and attack humans and animals in defense of their chicks.

White-backed magpie are slightly bigger than feral pigeons.

Numbers and colors & pattern of immature plumages between first winter plumage and adult plumage, are unknown.
Adult Post breeding moult are complete, for 6 months from October to April, with all black flight feathers replaced once a year.

Not protected, due they had attacked native birds and blackbirds, and humans.

Lifespan: 20 years.

2-3 chicks per nest per year.

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