hmmm don't get me started. We were watching them just today and Oliversmum fed them some treats and they shared it among the whole family! We watched the mum and dad build the nest and raise 2 babes. Now that you know that magpies mate for life, you might wonder what happens if one bird suddenly dies, leaving the other alone? ) Several subspecies of the grey currawong are fairly distinctive and described on that species page. I find the Australian Magpie one of the most intriguing birds that I have studied. Your email address will not be published. More or less. What will happen to these birds when their home is gone? Speaking for myself and I'm sure our other Magpie Nutters would love to read your children's books about Magpies so let's know how it is progressing? It has absolutely amazed me just how many people have enjoyed an experience with a family of Magpies. I believe that Magpies do have a way of understanding / communicating with we humans, if we take the time to listen and observe their behavour ! However, it is already strong enough to be demanding food from Mum and Dad Magpie and they are being run ragged keeping up supply. Some scratches are showing due to either fighting or scavenging for food. Jen Wood from Australia on October 29, 2015: My Dad feeds magpies with mince in his backyard and has been doing so for over a decade. I miss them so much, they brighten my day. To some degree, this is true, magpies are thought to have earned their bad reputation in part due to their willingness to attack when they’re alone. There's an Alpha male in the family though he's quite nasty to the baby .. Have you seen how a dog will dig and roll around in the dirt to find some cool spot, I think the Magpies do it for the same reason ! Contains easy, practical and helpful information for each month of the year. Hence the Conure Chicks. I have also heard about the 'ants nest' theory but to be honest I don't put much credence in the story. Kitty...Thanks again for sharing your lovely story :). I called them for about 5 minutes, but they still did not come to me and eventually they flew away. Magpies generally mate for life , although the alpha male generally has more than one female with which to mate and they live as a type of family commune. They stayed around for a few months and disappeared and happily returned about 1-2 years later. I'm not familiar with them , they look like they might be 'talkers' ? I hold out hope that they will surprise me one morning (hopefully soon) with their new little babies and all will go back to normal. Notes: Happy early Encounter Anniversary!! Not sure if its male or female, but I call it Harry. However whatever happens I'm sure that your kindness in looking after the Magpies, you have cemented your place in their memories. Right ? However, as the well-known rhyme shows, it is generally only seeing a lone magpie that is supposed to bring bad luck. Then all four stood vigil for a few seconds and one by one flew off.' I can't verify that though, my tree climbing days are way behind me. Telling the difference between baby Magpies and their Mums and Dads can sometimes be a bit difficult?Baby and juvenile magpies have a darker bill than the adult magpie.It has been reported that Magpies can live up to 30 years and as the magpie ages it's bill starts to whiten leaving a dark blueish section at the point.Picking the gender of a Magpie is not as easy?In our neck of the wood, the Magpie male is a larger bird and usually more dominant and aggressive.If you look at the back of a male Magpie the 'white' part of his back is almost pure white whereas the female Magpie has a more mottled 'white' section. We were hoping that with the help of Mum and Dad Magpie it would soon come good. I feel your anguish and send you and your magpie families love and healing. Birds of a feather flock together. Average lifespan: 23 – 25 years, although some magpies have been reported to live to up to the age of 30! Once the birds have fledged they will seek out a flock to join where they will stay for up to 2 years until they find a mate and create a territory. There was no way that this bird could ever live in the wild and the decision was made to humanely euthanize the baby magpie. He has a broken beak with the top half missing, but amazingly does quite well. ooh grated cheese ..that's a bit cheaper than mince ! Peter (author) from Australia on October 30, 2015: Hi there @ashroc and thanks for sharing your Magpie story :). Magpies mate for life and it was believed that when a magpie’s mate died it summoned an assembly of magpies who would honour the dead bird before selecting a new mate for the bereaved magpie. Sad, I know, but we must all eat to survive, Right? Unlike other birds they walk fairly upright and do not hop or waddle like most other birds. At the moment Pepa is being amused by a Water Dragon that sits on the bottom of our pool every time he sees her coming. its been the most beautiful relationship to watch! We have had the same Male Magpie for nearly 25 years. When they had finished eating, the dad came right over to the edge of the shed and "eyeballed" me warbling clearly telling me "don't feed him". Magpies do not have the best of reputations. From my experience with Magpies I would suggest that they are very similar to Human families in that 'generally' there is only one 'alpha' male ! Xx, and just to add..the one that was hit wanted to be back over the road in the double property with trees that it knew/knows.. it was in pretty good nick for a bird that was looking pretty much dead on the road with its parents about to get hit also (they were freaking out) ..and for some dumb reason i just didn't want to be the one that took their baby away .. as i said..they were watching me .. saving him/her for my enjoyment was so not on my agenda. Magpie dad looking great in black and white, Magpie mum with her slightly greyish back. So with a combination of these senses the magpie can feel the Worm moving through the ground with it's feet and by focusing its hearing can pinpoint the hole where the Worm is going to emerge from and with it's head cocked to one side can focus its 'eye' (like we do when aiming a camera )on the hole for it to plunge it's beak into the ground to grab the unsuspecting worm. You can check out the recipes above or: http://www.faunarescue.org.au/bird-insectivore.htm. You are most fortunate to have had such wonderful experiences with your extended family of Magpies but sadly like most families, animal and human, it is only 'good luck' if we do not have some 'misfortunes'. We are still completing the old house to get it ready for tenants but I miss the old birds. Young magpies leave the nest around 27 days after hatching. Looking forward to hearing about your 'babies'. The Australian Magpie should not be confused with the smaller Magpie-lark (Mudlark/Murray Magpie/Peewee in the other States of Australia) (Grallina Cyanoleuca). @Belcaesar G'day there :) Telstra sure has that love/hate thing going don't they. You are indeed lucky to have inherited a family of Magpies and I'm sure that they will give you years of the sort of enjoyment that many people would never experience. As a matter of interest this afternoon, on my way back from my afternoon walk, I discovered a new nest being build by a Mum and Dad Magpie so it looks like Spring has really Sprung :). The nest is round, about 150 mm in diameter with vertical sides and is usually placed on a flat branch somewhere near water or on a horizontal beam of a telephone pole. These small crows are highly intelligent and social, and easily pick up … The bird had a severely damaged wing and leg (probably caused by falling from the nest ) and the Vet told us that it would never fly or be able to perch on a branch and was surprised that it had survived for so long. website. This baby magpie about 1 week old is already demanding food from Mum Magpie and Dad Magpie. I have my wonderful memories and snap shots. He still fights off other birds like the kookaburras, but it's funny the magpies allow the black and white butcher birds to eat with them. The females also help out ( a bit like human aunties do ) with the new batches of chick Magpies as they come along (maybe 2 breeding seasons a year). I've tried putting out little morsels of meat on a white tile in the backyard and the food always disappears after a few hours but I've no idea if it's my magpies or something more sinister, like some unwelcome pigeons! If you have a story to tell, or a question to ask, about a family or individual Magpie just scroll down to the 'comment box' and leave a comment. I had my first encounter with a family of friendly magpies less than a month ago. Hi we have had a pair of magpies nesting in our front yard. Be the first to answer! She did this for about a week, then both the male and the female completely disappeared for about two weeks. It took me a while to get my head around the fact that the Magpie was allowing your young son to do the things he did. The consensus seems to be that they do not 'in-breed' as they have an inbuilt sense for the 'Survival of the Breed'. Just a thought on the Mince that your Dad feeds the birds. In the UK, a lone magpie is considered especially ominous and it is commonplace to voice a respectful enquiry as to the health of its wife and children. I'm also surprised that the Magpies 'tolerate' the Butcher Birds, who have a tendency to steal the unhatched eggs for their meals ! This is where magpies of opposite sexes meet before branching off to form their territory. Enjoy, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECGfddDIeQA. That is the question? It seems early but we have spotted a couple of Magpie babies around here already ! Thank you for listening, I really hope he returns. Magpies stay within the same 40km radius and usually choose a territory very close to the one within which they were born. What you have described sounds pretty much what I have experienced myself. I believe mum magpie had a baby girl, beakie and baby girl have been visiting every day for their meal. New Miss, named Possy, swoops on the 2 kiddies riding their new bikes on our footpath and it is not any where near breeding season. Mating for life or death Magpies will often mate for life. it was sitting in a gum tree lol ..they were also being protective of it and feeding it etc.. when i got home from work it was still sitting in the same spot but today its moved back into the elm (well i think it's some kind of elm) so bumpy leg is finally a Mum again !! I'm sure glad to hear that the little Magpie with the bad leg has come good ! Mum was still around and mysteriously found dead on neighbours lawn, looking very much like it was pecked to death. Our little guys, we have noted 4 so far, are progressing along nicely and Mum and Dad Magpies are naturally being very protective of them ! I am another magpie (all animal) lover and we moved into a house where the previous owners had been feeding magpies for many years prior. 1 decade ago. They are large domed affairs, often with 2 entrances. If this is what has happened, don't dispair and as the old saying goes "Don't get made get even" and fight fire with fire lol ( well not exactly fire). These birds are quite territorial and usually stay in a family group. We seem to have a family of magpies to feed wherever we are. We don't have a dam but there is a trickling creek behind us that only ever trickles as we are very very high up the hills. That's beautiful missmvpinetree. It seems to me that you have done everything right and on the surface it surprises me that the 'whole family' just up and disappears at the same time. They are very territorial and will fight with other Magpies to keep there neck of the woods. When he feeds them, they perch on the toe of his work boots and even sit on his knees and take there food! If they are being feed every day with the mince he might like to add some things to help with the the Young magpies growth as they may be missing out on some Nutrition that Magpies need to grow strong bones and beaks! Luckily the maggies are smart enough to keep a safe distance from puss and I think puss is slooowly getting used to them being there....but he can never be trusted and I have to keep watch. I miss him! It's only the two of them, and they come every afternoon for dinner. Being cautious not to overfeed, I've become rather attached to these birds and have fallen in love with another nearby magpie family that share my lawn with the original 3. Magpies are a very interesting birds to observe. Our own experiences in the past lead me to believe that your Magpie family will find a new tree to rebuild in and soon come back to renew their friendship with you ! I too love magpies and have a family living right near me and we have been looking after each other for about ten or so years now. Lets hope !!! Do the parent birds kick the kids out of the territory when it is time for a new batch? GOTTA love Telstra. Still waiting for my maggies...... wont give up. It all happened too long ago for me to remember the exact details but I do still believe that we came to the right conclusion! It never fails to amaze me when reading stories similar to yours just how trusting the Magpies become of we 'humans'! Oh you are so lucky having a Ring Tail Possum and baby in residence, lets hope that they become part of you family ! Although we can't make it out as yet we have an idea that there may be another magpie hatchling in the nest. and @ agvulpes ..photos soon ! Now I think about it, and have seen these 4 maggies not 3, do you think it is possible that these 4 maggies were successful in taking over the territory of my maggie family, and pushing my family out. His name is 'Chick-Chick' because he is so big! After a couple of days, the mother would join and they would gladly take food from me, even recognizing when I would come outside. Each year they have had babies and brought them down to meet me, I feel very special that they trust me enough to do this. no need to apologise i myself didn't log back in here til Monday just gone. So I have an awesome job now as well as mum to some very vulnerable chicks. and i did film some carlton supporters leaving early that night .. cheeky me ! Recently our other native birds, especially the Wattle Honey Eaters have been building nests and breeding and are behaving very aggresively toward other birds that they normally tolerate! So until next time, have some great fun time with your Magpies. Thanks. Anyway, I am just so excited to have connection back so I will talk to you later. My concern is that Magpies actually 'walk' like humans (one foot after the other) and do not hop! It is she that sits on the eggs for 13 days until they hatch. It looks like 'life' has moved on doesn't it :). Can stroke his breast and his feet. I don't think that I have ever seen a Magpie as old looking as your 'Beakie' he does seem to be a grand old man of the Magpie family ? I have not seen my maggie family now for 4 weeks and I am getting quite worried about them. Hi, so glad I found this blog, I have to go to the top and re read it all again. It is a great Magpie time over here in Gippsland as our resident Magpies have just had their babies and they are entertaining us most of the time! lol. The only thing that still baffles me is what happened to our original pair? i'm sure they would be if they could be but they can't be around here .. they're in a rented property over the road but they have dogs :( and of course there's the odd stray cat .. bumpy leg has raised her babies high in the tree tops and this year they've made it ..yayyy. Peter (author) from Australia on September 13, 2014: G'day David and thanks for dropping by :) I will have a look at your Blog and see how your Magpies are going ! There will always be an Alpha Magpie it is the only way to ensure the survival of the Species! Peter (author) from Australia on July 25, 2014: @Colleen Logie first of all thanks for dropping by and letting us know about your Magpie experiences. Robbie Anne has given her magpie family some great names and here is a list: No prizes for guessing where those names originated :). If you are lucky they may also be Fairy Wrens and if you are very lucky you may get some Superb Fairy Wrens ! Right? They seem very scared and unsure, almost like they don't trust us. I do recall a few months ago now that my 3 maggies were defending their territory against 4 other maggies, by chasing them away. Hmm... my guess is when you stop feeding it and 'force' it to rummage for it's own food :). In answer to your last question! You may be correct, I never actually considered that. We respect your privacy and will never share your email address with anyone. On top of this apparent ease of partner replacement, magpies partake in extra-pair copulations—that is, they have sex with other magpies even when their main partner is alive and well. I have seen two female magpies feeding the young but no not two Males! Usually, only 1 bird occupies the nest at a time, mainly the female during the incubation period. Thanks again for sharing your encounters and please keep us up to date on your newly acquired Magpie family ??? Taeko on a regular basis shares space with her Magpie friends!Robbie Anne tells us and you will also see in the images I have posted, that her cat Taeko and her family of Magpies have a very friendly relationship and often share afternoon-tea chit-chats! @missmypinetree it is great to read about your menagerie of the various 'animals' and isn't it great to see how the different species, if treated right, can get on together so well! Peter (author) from Australia on May 28, 2014: G'day Belcaesar nice to hear from you again, I had started to think we had lost you :) I agree with you about Telstra ( Australia's largest telephone company who once had a monopoly on communications and still owns the copper wire network) Your new house sounds great with a much wider variety of birds to share your life with :). Inside is neater as the birds provide a soft inner lining made from roots, plant fibres and hair. (I called him Bashful, cause he was very shy after having a fishing line wrapped around his leg, which I eventually removed) He would still sneak over when he thought nobody was looking, but I haven't seen him for a week. Most Magpie species are monogamous, and pairs continue to breed every year for life. Magpies Mate for Life Rachello344. How wonderful they look. Nah only joking lol Go..... Tigers :), hello ! 1) The younger females in my experience usually leave the family group and find a non-related male ( probably a natural instinct to keep the line pure) In your instance the stronger young female may have challenged the old Mum and won the fight (survival of the fittest so to speak). It turns out that 'mating for life' is not as black and white and dead-set romantic as we might assume. If I am late rising out of bed on the weekend, they come and sit outside my window and call me until I go outside, have a chat with them and feed them. I am saddened to read that "the decision was made to humanely euthanise the baby magpie" as I feel this was not yours of the vets to make. (Literally). Peter (author) from Australia on October 14, 2014: Hi @Linda, welcome and it's great to hear that you have a Magpie family to enrich your life :). My butcher birds, miner birds and rosellas still come for the food every day, but I really wish my maggie family would return home to me. Now his sibling has disappeared as well. I can see the maggies in the trees and I can hear them call so I am forever hopeful... Could it be the Mynas that are keeping them away you think? @ Agvulpes .. the possum is a little brushy i have a photo of him/her i will try to upload it soon .. i will also try to get a pic of my magpie family ..they've been quite demanding lately lol it MUST be nesting time ! Do magpies mate for life? i wanted to take it to the emergency centre .. i had phoned them .. if it was going to be okay a carer would have apparently taken it til it was better and if it wasn't going to be okay.. well .. you know the rest..i just felt sick .. i had all 3 adults watching me while i cradled it lol.. and as for the seagulls ?? One baby is very strong and perched on a twig. Robbie Anne has sent in some of her photos with her cat Taeko and the Magpies see above in the main body. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reproduction and Life Cycle. It is a lovely feeling when the Magpies come and have a chat with you and treat you like a friend, they seem to be the only birds that have this trait :), Ron thanks for sharing your Magpie anecdote with us and please if your Magpie does have a family feel free to drop in and keep us informed :). :). At least my team the Tigers got the monkey off the shoulder last year ! Reading your blog was incredible, and I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of the youngling. We've seen babies come and go, but unfortunately there is a road between the two properties that their territorial boundary is, and some babies have been hit by cars. We have got ourselves a great little Magpie Nutters club here and the stories from all around Australia about our great Magpies are fantastic :). Thank you for sharing. As I have said to missmypinetree you are welcome to submit some images through email, email@example.com as an attachment and I would be happy to post some into the above article similar to how I have included our other Magpie loving friend 'RobbieAnne' with her Magpie friend and Taeko, who sadly has 'passed away':(. I have seen Magpies do exactly what you describe but only when it is extremely hot ! Now I have 4 magpies to feed whilst my cat sneaks up to them hoping for an easy feed of them. I wrote this in response (loosely) to a prompt from the KaiShin discord. Peter has been a birdwatcher since he was a young lad. Peter (author) from Australia on August 23, 2015: @Nathan you raise a 'great' point and I would like to explain that "the decision to humanely euthanise the baby magpie" was not arrived at quickly! It looks like the Magpies will have to wait another 32 years for another premiership! @Oldbeakie thanks for dropping by do you have any updates on your Magpie family ? Peter (author) from Australia on September 27, 2014: G'day @Bluetrain and thanks for sharing your love of Magpies with us here:). Our local Magpies are used to being fed by we mere humans and do not swoop on us at all. We know they can but they have to 'feel' that they can themselves? Grated cheese seems to be OK in moderation however most 'experts' try to educate us to only give our Magpie Family only treats and not let them become reliant on us for food. Magpies usually breed from two years old, although some may breed at one year. Magpies being omnivores are never short of food and we often see them fossicking through the cut grass for fresh food. As far as when does the baby stop crying? In a sporting sense the most famous (arguably) and hated (without question lol ) football team in Australia is Collingwood and they are called the Magpies due to their black and white colored jumpers. We have handfeed him and his wives with mince all this time. Hi there! Love the article and so glad to read about your experiences with these creatures. Then it dawned on me: If the Magpie did not enjoy the interaction it would just fly away. If he cant see Pepa he comes up for a nibble on cheese... not sure why this is his favourite. Magpie attacks For most of the year magpies are not aggressive, but for 4 to 6 weeks during nesting they will often defend their territory vigorously. i get my new phone delivered tuesday ! I always thought that once magpies have found a home, they don't leave? Do Magpies mate for life? Hi, I have just discovered your wonderful site and find it comforting to learn that I am not the only obsessed magpie lover around. In the mornings I go out and call them and they both fly down for their food. Hello again, well I thought I had some good news for you. @Rob, Hi there Rob, sorry I have not replied earlier to your post :(. I have had the same neighbours all the time I have been living at my home. Hopefully you find out something in your research or maybe one of the other magpie lovers can help. William thanks for the great question and I hope this gives you some sort of explanation? And since magpies can live between 25 and 30 years and are territorial, they can develop lifelong friendships with humans. Peter (author) from Australia on November 05, 2014: @missmypinetree ahhh... the things that we do for our 'feathered friends' :) I'm surprised that the 'adult' magpies did not 'shoo' the Sea gulls away from the area... they are very territorial sometimes even to their own peril :). Well we can't wait to hear what your Magpie friends have got up to and would love to see the images ? We then took the baby to the Vets for a complete inspection. I am very keen on watching the birds and I got my family to help make a website where I can share some of my hints, tips and tricks and share valuable information. I live on a service road on a main road and there is a strip of grass separating the service and main road. That would definitely explain the reason that the younger of the three magpies seems much more confident than the other two! Grabbing at my head and arms and pecking at my face. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. No doubt a trickle will be more when it rains. I am not a Vet myself and hold no Medical degrees so I had to rely on the Vets advise that the young bird had too many injuries to fend for itself. Well Bev thanks again for sharing your story on your Magpie family and we would love to read any updates you would like to share. Your last comment is heartening, you may still have a Magpie family. I used to love when he would sing his magpie song at my kitchen window while trying to peek through the curtains. They are beautiful creatures if u give them the time. Peter (author) from Australia on November 28, 2014: @Tassie Girl it is reassuring to know that your neighbors are not the kind of people to stop Magpies from coming around. Will birds Visit a Garden with A Dog or Cat. Peter (author) from Australia on July 21, 2015: G'day Belcaesar and nice to read your great story! During the breeding season they will take eggs and young of other birds. Peter (author) from Australia on April 13, 2014: G'day Shar-on17 and thanks for dropping by :). It was hilarious. We could see their nest high in a Cyprus Pine tree and as soon as we opened our door the Magpies would glide down and land gracefully on our lawn. We have to consider "are we saving them for their benefit or for our own enjoyment" ? Even the Wattle birds like this particular delicacy. Required fields are marked *. Thanks again for the visit and lets know how your young Magpie is getting on? My question is, just over a week ago, mum (magpie) was hit by a car and killed. Some years ago now a family of Magpie adopted our back garden as their home and over a period of time they learned to trust Oliversmum and me. OldBeakie thanks again for sharing and please let us know of any developments in your Magpie Story : I'm new to hub pages, I really loved your magpie article and I was wondering if you could help me. The dad would quite frequently wonder around the lawn, waiting for me to stir up bugs in the garden. They become reliant on getting the feed and loose the 'knowledge' to forage for their own tucker. However the 3 main adult magpies have always missed the cars, we call them mum, dad and beakie ( beakie is the granddad, he has grey feathers around the tops of his legs and has a limp when walking and has a cracked beak. Male magpies try to get the attention of females by showing off the glowing white feathers on their wings. Horrible to think but I guess they have to eat! this awful wind :(. However, once the chicks are born, the male doesn’t shy away from his responsibilities and will work vociferously to scavenge food to feed their young. It looks like your Miss Possy should be called Miss Bossy. I have my own family of maggies (well I call them mine). I know it is breading season, could their absence be because they are looking after their new babies? Lets hope it is the later and I'm sure my readers and myself would love it if you would keep us up to date ? @Colleen not from what i've seen .. my magpies have done everything they can to save their babies ..it's just they're not finding the right tree :( .. i looked out my kitchen window last year and saw so many seagulls circling that i knew the magpie babies had no chance :( .. words can't describe how i felt .. Hello Agvulpes .. well the Magpies just won (and i'm a Tigers supporter remember haha) .. the commentator said 'never underestimate a wounded Magpie' .. ain't that the truth ! I've seen the baby magpie lie down in submission etc.. for the poster that was asking ..because of his/her Alpha male parent .. and Bumpy Leg is definitely the Mum, Happy Magpieing and guess what Agvulpes I will be at the G Thursday night GO TIGES :), I don't see many eagles around here but the seagulls sure upset my Magpies.. and lose lol. I hope that you come back and read my reply and can let us know some good news about your Magpies ? Both birds build the nest near to the top of hedge, tree, or bush. I'm not too sure but I would think that the Magpies being 'grazers' would not appreciate being the 'prey' for snakes, lizards etc.. :). Greg and yourself seem to have found the ideal careers and I sure do wish you well in the Aquarium ! Magpies have always been surrounded by superstition, and there are many versions of … He was also quite fun to play with - I would throw food up into the air and he would jump up and catch it. That's when I noticed dad magpie was hovering on my right side, briefly landed on my shoulder then touched down to the ground. They are up to their 4th generation. I am jealous.... lol ... Keep up the good work x. Peter (author) from Australia on November 25, 2014: @Tassie Girl it looks like you are well and truly entrenched in the Magpie Nutters Club :). I raced inside so excited and onto my front deck and I called him and called him, but alas he never came to me. My question is are they supposed to be able to walk yet? I thought yes, it is my maggie family, plus a new baby. They are very territorial and will fight with other Magpies to keep there neck of the woods. I did actually want the Magpies to win that Grand Final. Last year they introduced us to their baby and about six months ago they kicked him out of home. Indeed magpies meet their mate and tend to stay together for the duration of their lives. The surviving bird will grieve for their mate, but will then seek out another and begin the process all over again. Are you anywhere near SeaWorld by any chance? BTW the nest is about 40 feet up from the ground! lol, Missmypinetree I hope you hang in there I'm confident that in the long run it will all work out well for the Magpies and yourself . The Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen) is a medium-sized black and white bird native to Australia. He even got to the point where once he'd had enough to eat, he'd sit in the grass in front of us and just hang out. The female Magpies on the other hand do seem to stick around their own parents ,waiting for a searching male Magpie to come and whisk them off to start the above mentioned family. Occasionally they have a baby with them, but it doesn't seem like a new baby as it doesn't rely on them for food, or make a sound. Also in my experience the Magpie family (when you get one and I'm sure you will lol) only has one 'alpha' male and more than one female bird ? As far as where they roost in the wild winds ?, I would say you are correct as I have been told by a number of people that when you are deep in the heart of a large tree it is quite calm, it just 'sways' a lot ! I believe it is because the Currawongs will steal the eggs of the other birds and given half the chance will even eat the babies ? It did not take us long to come to the conclusion that things were not improving and that sooner rather than later something would have to be done for this poor Fledgling. A typical magpie clutch is six eggs. Hello Agvulpes ..how are my (i call them mine too haha) fledglings supposed to survive this Melbourne mini storm ?! Meanwhile with all this going on,i thought it was a good omen that Collingwood would get to the finals and grandfinal and win after 20 years. He was protecting his Territory and some juvenile Magpies that were in the trees. Colleen as you have already discovered there is a lot of trust involved in this process and at time some 'broken hearts' but in the end I'm sure you will say "It's been well worth it " :). We did the exact same thing that you did as far as feeding the birds minced meat and the male even became tame enough to hand feed. They sit in the trees calling and I walk outside and whistle and they come down. I hope you enjoy the images and if anyone has a Magpie story or image that they would like to share please get in touch with me via my profile page:). They also seem to 'pant' similar to a dog! The Eagle was not impressed and left in a Hurry. I am assuming mate as they click beaks. 8. :(, How is your little magpie family going? If one is seen on its own some people salute it and say: "I salute you Mr Magpie." We started out earning their trust by putting out small tidbits of minced meat for them to eat. Peter (author) from Australia on March 07, 2015: @Midge first of all lets all thank you for sharing your Magpie tale and welcome to the growing family of Magpie Lovers :). Your email address will not be published. The Vet and I had quite a discussion about the best cause of action and he even called the Wild Life authorities to get their suggestions ! However the Magpie chicks are quick learners and it should only be a couple of days before they are taking short flights ! If not let me know! Another magpie did the same. and *sigh* i don't hold out much hope.. i just saw a baby ..it's a hopelessly slow flyer and its following them back and forth across this busy road.. if i still had my pine tree there would be no going back and forth surely .. and i agree with you about taking it to a professional ..i really needed a cup of concrete the night that happened . To digress just a bit. Well I guess Harry can be male or female ? Peter (author) from Australia on August 09, 2014: @missmypinetree thanks for that information :) I would love to share some magpie photos with our readers ! Peter (author) from Australia on April 04, 2015: @missmypinetree I'm glad that you still have your family of four Magpies! Hawks although beautiful birds are 'hunters' and will easily capture a baby Magpie as prey. We recently moved to tassie from Perth WA and in both states we have had the pleasure of a family of magpies taking residence in our yard. Last season was not a good season for baby magpies here either, from memory there was a lot of Kurrawongs around and they just love to steal the eggs from nests and attack the very young babies :(, Oh we should feel sorry for the Blues shouldn't we ? Thanks again for the story and I'm sure the readers would love to catch up with any updates about your Magpies that you my care to share. ;D I hope you guys like it! Could anyone help me with that. a real character - will stay with me for some time and then off. The second Nestling however was not so fortunate. I do remember a time while living at home with mum and dad that one of baby magpies got hit by a car and dad tried to see if it was ok but the dad magpie kept swooping him and wouldn't leave the baby alone. After a few days of just walking in and trusting me,i was able to feed her straight out of my hand. Peter (author) from Australia on August 06, 2014: @Oldbeakie first let me thank you so much for sharing your Magpie story. The twine / cotton may not 'biodegrade' and strangle the growth in his foot and I am of the opinion that this bird should be 'helped' but only in a humane way of course :). I think of him everyday. Seems to be a loner and other maggies give it a hard time. I have not been to a footy game for years I think the last one was when the Tigers beat the Blues in a Final LOL That's how long it has been lol. Sadly not. Mum and Dad Magpie could also be sharing nest sitting duties until their eggs have hatched ? The first Spring came and we realized that the Mum Magpie had laid eggs and was involved in the incubation process. Could you please email me your reply. In the Spotlight Australian Native Birds - Australian Magpie Facts and Myths! Now with some 'broadband width' I will get down to replying from the oldest comment on to the latest ! Unfortunately I can't give you a definite answer on whether dad Magpie will return but I could offer a guess ? Forcing the other breeds, even the Magpies to seek safer ground. He has a beautiful red throat and breast. It it takes 24 days for them to hatch. Aaaand never mind, they actually showed up tonight! So chin up and maybe in the morning they will be there to wake you up with their beautiful Magpie Warble :). 3 years. Oh yep the Magpie are very protective of their young as I have found out many times and they hate the Currawongs! Granted I haven't seen it leave it's perch yet! Over the weekend they left the nest and have managed to stay alive 3-4days so far. I hope you have the time to keep us up to date with your very own Magpie story :). He is back but a whole lot slower at the moment and the mynas seem to know it. Maybe something like this has occured in your area and the Magpies have temporarily relocated :). Your Pepa and Odie sure sound like great characters and very friendly, except to the Mynas of course lol It could be the Mynas have taken 'possession' of your property but I would have thought that at worst they would co-exist or the Magpies would be a more powerful breed to drive out the Mynas ? When they do this the group is a matriarchal society, Mama rules the roost. Peter (author) from Australia on July 19, 2015: @missmypinetree nice to read your update! .. it's not a game i'd like to be at lol it will be feral ! Answer. The other possibility is that, and I really hate saying this, they have found another place that they prefer? Two chicks in a mud nest Birds generally pair for life (though divorce is not unknown) and defend a territory together. They hoble around and use their wings to hop along the ground. Peter (author) from Australia on September 21, 2016: Hi there Lorraine :) what a great Magpie story one I will remember for some time :). Be the first to answer this question. Please :). we have a lovely family of magpies who visit everyday. One for sorrow, two for joy… this makes me think that solitary magpies are lonely and only become happy when they’re in a pair. Just putting out some observations here: If they have had babies it is my experience that they would be around all the more looking for food for the baby Magpies? Plus we may not be giving them the correct nurishment that they need ? Good to hear that old bumpy leg and family have 'resettled' now that next doors cat is gone! Things have changed a lot. The mate comes to visit several times a day with another Magpie. Hi there agvulpes! A male magpie, attracted to a female decoy, will attempt to court and mate with her unless his mate accompanies him, in which case their joint response is aggressive. Sending love and safety to old beakie. I hope you enjoyed the game the other night? If they can hear worms what do they hear ? Australian Magpies would be regarded as a medium size bird measuring from 37 - 45 cm in length and when in a song have the most beautiful of 'warbles' of any bird I have heard. I still have one baby .. so there's a little family of four. As far as I can ascertain Magpies have the senses of Sight, Hearing and Feel. Asked by Wiki User. Do you think that we are feeding the same birds, or do you think this is a different family of magpies? One even sat on the couch with me! lol. well my baby magpie was fine a few nights ago in all that rain .. but i'd been seeing less and less of it and have since read that juvenile magpies can be forced to leave the group or just leave anyway as early as 8 months old !! We have a guest report from a fellow "Magpie Nutter" (said with respect):) Her name is Robbie Anne and she hails from a beautiful part of Australia just outside of the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Will dad magpie come back? Hmm... ok lets get down to the serious matter of 'where have my Magpies gone' ? maybe there's only one ? Magpies are renowned for being very territorial and it is my opinion that if the birds were not nesting at the time of the trees being felled they would soon find a new home close to where they were located. Sometimes they appear as a sinister omen, but equally often as a friend. Well, still no Maggies but I am now a mum to three very very young Sun Conures. Perhaps they were just being fickle, although I don't know why they'd skip a treat that is basically guaranteed! Magpie Reproduction and Life Cycle The breeding season for Black-billed magpies goes from March to July. Out the front I have the contrast of ducks nibbling at my grass.... but no maggies to keep me company yet. Incubation rates vary by species as well, though most species incubate their eggs for about three or four weeks before they hatch. The Magpie has a grey and black bill and a red-brown eye. I have two thoughts on that. She has a real dynasty going there doesn't she ? That video is amazing I don't think I have seen anything like it and do appreciate that Laura shared it with us Nutters here :), Once again! The female lays on average six greenish-blue eggs, heavily spotted with brown, in April, and incubates them for 18 to … Do they roost in specially dense trees on very windy nights? So we mapped out a plan to try to rescue this poor little bird and take it to the Veterinary Clinic (In our state Veterinary Clinics will treat wild animals free of charge). Bass, D.A. I reckon that it may be ESP or something like that ? And the pair of them attacked every crow, currawong or other magpie that came anywhere near our yard, but now we just don't see them anymore. It is possible, however, for exceptions to occur. Black-billed Magpies mate for life. Please let's know how the little Magpies are handling their new life :). I have a new family at present Mum, Dad, older baby and a newer baby, still being fed. Still no Maggie family to love yet..... we have a lot of reptiles around this area as well as tiny tiny birds that look like they are from the finch family. However, only around one in ten males in breeding magpie … I will let you know the minute they return to me. Are Magpies lucky? Also they often live in fairly large groups. I still have my 3 magpies lol even little miss with her bumpy leg that healed just nicely ..i still recognise her though because of the slight bump .. sadly they've not added to their nest since my pine tree was cut down but they're hanging in there !! This family of Magpies, there was only Mum and Dad at the time, would come down every day and take the food; becoming so tame that they would eat out of our hands and trusted us so much they would even come into our enclosed back porch. I can't think of much else that would cause them to up and leave so I will leave it open to our other readers. Peter (author) from Australia on January 30, 2015: @Jennifer what a great question and I wish that I could give you a definitive answer :). However in my experience the female Magpie is much more 'timid' than the male bird, which makes me think that your Harry is a male Magpie? Laura : Thanks so much for sharing your Magpie story :), this is a video of a magpie whos been around my neighbourhood for the past few months and has become best friend with my 12 month old son! Survival of the species means that the other males leave home (or are pushed out) , find a non-related female and start their own family. @ Teresa, Hi Teresa my sincerest apologies for taking so long to answer your very disturbing post ! ? After much searching, this page is exactly what I've been looking for! Peter (author) from Australia on August 04, 2014: @missmypinetree Yep never underestimate a wounded Magpie . He builds multiple nests in a small vicinity, hoping that she will approve of one of them. Sits on the kitchen window sill for hours and likes us talking to him through the window. You will get a response, guaranteed :). How intelligent are jackdaws? I have just started a magpie blog so early days, http://magpiesatmandalaynews.wordpress.com. Thank you for your support. Every morning and afternoon when I arrive home I put out their favourite food, mince meat, plus bread and wild birdseed mix. The reptiles range from a python under the house, two tree snakes, four water dragons and a huge monitor lizard, its a little bigger than the average goanna as well... not sure what time of lizard it is but it is huge.... the myna birds go crazy whenever they see one of these. I have a question regarding one of their babies who has been coming down for around 4 months. I also enjoyed seeing Mr Magpie teaching the how to find food late last year! Meaning the answer to your question is no. However, many young birds die in the first months of life due to poor weather conditions, lack of food, road traffic hazards and natural predators. It amuses me that they only seem to reject other Magpies, I have seem them actually share food we have put out with birds such as Wattle birds and Lorikeets. I have been feeding a family of magpies for over 12 years with the mail being able to hand feed. anyway enjoy your magpie families .. i will keep you posted ! I read what you wrote but didn't read all the comments yet. It appears that I might be birdist?? I hope that not too much damage was done to your property and Magpie family ? The most common name for a group of magpies is 'A Parliament'. Very saddened to hear of any bird being 'killed', especially losing the Matriarch of the family and I understand just how traumatic this must have been for you and your family. The young female has been missing joining the others for breakfast for the past 3 days and I was wondering if they have forced her to move to another flock as she is now an adult and if she stayed and was to breed it would further weaken the gene pool? The Tawny Frogmouth certainly is an interesting bird and I'm sure that when you start putting out the food to attract some Magpies they will appear very quickly! Enjoy your long weekend (labour day Monday). I sure hope you are adopted by a 'young' Magpie family in the very near future! I have been feeding my mum and dad maggie now for 7 years and they have become very tame with daddy maggie eating out of my hand. (Photo: Getty Images). Do you see any sense in all this please? I will be interested to see if he returns. Lisa, Please keep us up to date with you Magpie Family :). You all make me miss my family even more.... Good Night Nutters... Belcaesar x. Peter (author) from Australia on May 12, 2014: @Laura I have watched your video with mouth wide open lol. Fortunately for me no damage was done. We continued this ritual and would feed them once a day with raw mince and have been doing this for approx. I feed them mince meat & other bits & pieces but their favourite is grated cheese. He does not get any because he is on a special diet and does not eat anything that the Magpies eat. He is onto his 3rd wife and from my observation, the 3rd wife seems to be his daughter from the last batch. Lol Di xx. If you do decide to feed birds never put out so much that they become dependent upon you and lose their natural ability to gather their own food. After hatching and fledging the babies often stick around and help to build a bigger nest. She would fly down to get her mince, break it up in to tiny little pieces and fly back and forth to a big nearby gum tree (obviously to feed her new chick(s). It's great to hear that you are only giving them snacks as we do try to talk people out of the idea of feeding the Magpie too much! As a lover of Magpies we have to learn to let go :) and nurture the family that is left behind. I am sure you agree with me that we do carry a heavy responsibility on our shoulders when we take on the 'task' of feeding our feathered friends. i can only pray it doesn't happen again :). I don't have a problem with that at all :), We would miss our family of wild magpies as we interact with them every day :), Magpies are actually from the same family as the Butcher bird (. If you see one on its own, then it may have had the misfortune to lose its mate. Is it possible that this was a conspiracy between father and daughter so they could begin a relationship together? They build large, domed nests in thorny bushes or high up in tall trees. I managed to get a picture of one of the babies on Monday and i logged in here to try and post it .. but Monday night one of the babies was hit by a car (i heard the commotion) .. i picked it up off the road and it 'came to' .. parents were swooping me and i was in many minds about what to do .. in hindsight i should've taken it to the AEC..i was very distressed and thinking it would be euthanased ..it was managing to hop up the tree to as high as the fenceline .. but in tending to that baby i think the seagulls got their other baby and after speaking to a neighbour there were apparently three babies but she thinks dogs may have got the 3rd one a few weeks back. Now we have two magpies that visit our backyard, but they don't seem to be the same ones? It's terrible and effects me greatly. I'm not sure of the accuracy of this observation in that the Male Magpie has 'pure white' back feathers but the female has a 'scalloped' look on the back ! Although slightly larger The Australian Magpie is more closely related to the Butcherbird. Sign up to our Newsletter to receive monthly updates on feeding and caring for our garden birds. From what I have read the problem with 'mince meat' is the preservatives that are added , not good for the birds apparently! I can't recall them ever staying away like this over the last 7 years. When it did come out of hiding we could see that it was limping and one of it's wings was hanging down lower than normal. In general, it appears that they do. That is until the 'Aunty' Magpies decide it is time to start raising their own chicks and then they go searching for a good healthy male who has been 'kicked-out' of their own family, due to the Alpha thing! Check out some of the pics up the top ? There is nothing quite like the feeling that you 'get' when you hold your hand out to a 'wild' animal and they trust you enough to come and take food from you! I will wait for him to come back, in the meantime I will care for my two feathery companions, and the rest of my bird family. I'd be interested to hear some facts. I'm sure all of the other Magpie Nutters would love to keep hearing updates ? Only have to call his name and comes running across the yard for his feed. Peter (author) from Australia on January 26, 2018: G'day @ Phillip Tullio thanks for the great story about your family of Magpies :) It's interesting that they enjoy water melon . Magpies will also eat the bread themselves then 'regurgitate' the bread and stuff it down their babies throat. I think I could rely on a crow to steal food more than I could rely on Telstra to get communication right. My guess is that their senses are more 'heightened' than those of we humans? For most of the year, the wren is a solitary bird that fiercely protects his territory. Magpie juvenile, approx 12 months old showing a dark blue/blackish bill. 7. The other two hobble around and been huddling in garden beds. Today I saw a magpie put its foot on a piece of bread and break the bread using its beak. You may be right about the old Mum Magpie being pecked to death. Is there anyone I can go to that will help these birds keep their homes? A little owl recovering in North Canterbury after being attacked by magpies has lost its mate after it died trying to defend her. Maybe you can entice it into a 'friendly' trap to cut off the bonding material? Keep up the good work and I'm sure that before long they will be taking food out of your hand. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Great to hear the news about old Bumpy Leg you are sure collecting a lovely family of Magpies. I have never tried feeding our Magpies in that way ! Try putting out special treats like 'mince meat' (just little bits) and any other treats that you can remember the Magpies enjoying. 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