Magpies birds of prey?

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Subject: Magpies birds of prey?
From: "Alexander Family" <>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 22:05:10 +1000
I was at work turning over a large compost heap with a frontend loader
and as usual a family of Magpies came down and was feeding on the insects
that were disturbed,when i noticed one Magpie frantically chasing something
around the edge of the heap.It finally caught what it was chasing and i saw
 that it was a mouse.The bird shook and pecked the mouse till it was dead
then held it down with one foot while it ripped it apart and ate it.
I was telling a work mate about it and he said he had seen the same thing
on another occassion.Is it common for Magpies to feed on small prey?
John Alexander
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