Australian (black-backed) magpie

magpie through the window

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Magpies are quite territorial and since a group discovered the bird bath on my deck they have decided to move in permanently, the young ones sitting all day along the railing and peering at themselves in the glass reflection.

nest building magpie

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Australian (black-backed) MagpieĀ are found over most of eastern and northern Australia. This one is a female (the patch on the back of the neck in males is a solid white while the female’s patch is greyer and the feather pattern more distinguished).