Australian Magpie: Biology and Behaviour of an Unusual by Gisela Kaplan

By Gisela Kaplan

The warbling and carolling of the Australian magpie are general to many even though few folks realize that it ranks one of the greatest songbirds of the realm. Its outstanding vocal skills, its propensity to play and clown, and its willingness to engage with humans, make the magpie considered one of our so much recognized birds.

This insightful publication offers a complete account of the habit of 1 of Australia's best-loved icons. It finds the extreme services of the magpie, together with its complicated social habit, in a hugely readable textual content. the writer brings jointly a lot of what we all know in regards to the magpie’s biology and behaviour, together with her most up-to-date examine on magpie vocalization in addition to points of anatomy, body structure, improvement and wellbeing and fitness no longer released formerly.

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It is clear, however, that some magpie pairs may form long-lasting pair bonds and possibly even life-bonds and that some also appear to be monogamous, although evidence is mounting that high extra-pair mating rates also occur in magpies. One of my own research sites in open forest hinterland near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales is occupied by a magpie pair that has been together for seven years—the entire length of our observation period. This pair has no magpie neighbours and their territory is well defined by forest edges.

6 In birds, most species pair bond with a mate, if not for life, then at least in a bond that extends beyond courtship and copulation. Mate choice is thus a very large topic in avian ethology, yet absolutely nothing is known about how magpies choose each other. We do not even know how magpie pairs typically meet. Magpies may ‘meet’ in flocks and then separate out as pairs in search of better pasture and a territory. Perhaps a lone female or male may venture safely into a territory as an immigrant provided it contains few or no females but several males.

It gives their gait an awkward clumsy appearance and keeps their legs firmly apart. In magpies the legs are placed relatively close to each other and the gait is an easy forward motion without any tilting of the body. This method of locomotion in magpies is consistent with their feeding behaviour. Ground feeders, including shorebirds and waders, are bipedal. All other artamids that are not exclusively or predominantly ground feeders have Anatomy 21 obviously had no need to develop the anatomical features necessary to achieve a bipedal gait.

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