Unusual magpie behaviour

Subject: Unusual magpie behaviour
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 98 08:47:33 -0500
G'day All

I stopped briefly in Avoca (central Victoria) yesterday on my way home
from a meeting in Bendigo.  There is an ornamental garden in the median
strip with a pergola thingy covered in creepers of some sort (grape
vines?).  I watched with amusement as a magpie jumped 1/2 metre off the
ground to catch the end of a creeper branch.  It then swung vertically by
the beak and twirled around.  This was repeated several times over a few
minutes.  He looked like a circus high wire artiste hanging by her teeth.

I've seen Galahs, corellas playing on wires etc. but never before seen a
magpie behaving like this.

The other highlight was 5-6 Blue-faced Honeyeaters in the gardens of the
Epsom (north bendigo) campus of the Dept Natural Resources and



Stephen Clark
Agriculture Victoria, Pastoral & Veterinary Institute
Private Bag 105  HAMILTON  3300  Australia
Phone 0355 730 977   Fax 0355 711 523


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