Homes for Wildlife

Homes for Wildlife
If you love the creatures in your garden, you'll love our Homes for Wildlife project. This is the place to ask and answer questions about making your backyard wildlife-friendly.

Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

This is a very special friend - Mumma Maggie.  She is an excellent parent, but also insists on close personal contact with us.  She loves to be hand fed, and always comes down to see what we're doing if we're in the backyard.  I was trying out my new camera, and she was intrigued by the zoom lens, which must have looked like a beak to her - but it was moving in and out!!!

Our magpies are all the one species, but there are several 'tribes', depending on their colouring.  Magpies in our area are black across their backs, while in some other areas they have white backs, or more white on their wings.

Comments
  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    Wattle15...what a lovely bird. She looks as if she is saying..."do I look alright at this angle"?

    It is a wonderful feeling when a wild animal trusts you enough to take food from your hand.

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    Indeed she is a lovely bird, Maureen.  She feels comfortable enough with me to rouse at me if I'm a bit slow getting food for her when she comes visiting.  She also trusts me enough to 'park' her newly-fledged youngsters with me while she goes off foraging.  :-)

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    I love her - she looks so intelligent (I know magpies are). I bet you have conversations with her. Hope her youngsters will be as friendly.

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    What a beautiful bird and looking very intelligebt as Libby has said.  I know magipies get bad press but I have 2 adults and 2 young visiting my garden at the moment.  They like grated chesse which they dunk in the bird bath before eating.

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    Wattle that is a lovely bird and a great picture. How long have you known her?

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    Now that Mumma Maggie is an internet worldwide celeb maybe some little extra treats.::))  Super picture Wattle >>

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    Wow!!!  Libby, Margobird and Tiger, I'll try to respond to you all at once!  

    Yes, I do have conversations with her, and her youngsters are friendly.She would never let them take food from my hand though - she reserves that right for herself!!!  Breeding season approaches fast, and this pair of youngsters are being driven off by the parents now in preparation.

    This one and her daughter also fancy a daily treat of a piece of Granita biscuit.  They visit my husband in his workshop and follow him around, getting in his way, until they get their treat.  Her grandmother used to teach her broods to take a lump of mince and roll it in bird seed - YUM!

    This will be her third breeding season.  We've known her since her first visit as a fledgling about 4 1/2 years ago.  Her grandmother is the matriarch of ther local clan, and must be about 35 years old now.  After many concerted attempts, this bird and her mate drove the matriarch away from us, although grandma still has an adjacent territory.  Grandma was always an early breeder, and I'm pretty sure she already has eggs this season.  Long before dawn on the last few mornings, I've heard her singing away softly in the distance, something she has always done when she is brooding.  

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    Wattle15- Brilliant- love his expression, I am making a file in my pics "Wattle 15" so please keep'em coming.

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    Wattle15 thanks for the info and how lucky you are that you get to see them up close and personal.

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    I absolutely adore this photo; it's just brilliant. Thank you SO much for sharing it :)

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    Snowbird, Margobird and paula, thanks so much for your comments.  I have plenty more pics, so I'll keep them coming.  I'll only post one or two a day though, so others have a fair chance to get their pics seen too.  ;-)

  • Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    What a great bird, & what a character! Thanks.