Magpies - Predators

Subject: Magpies - Predators
From: "Wynton Maddeford" <>
Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 09:54:40 +0800
Hi All,
Last week at Heathcote in Applecross in suburban Perth i observed a male Magpie feeding on a mouse. This is the first time i have seen a Magpie feeding on a mouse.
After it had consumed about two thirds of the mouse, it picked it up and walked directly to a clump of bushes about 20 metres and then hid the remains under the bush.  
It took me a couple of minutes to find the remains, due to the effort made by the Magpie to conceal the prey. No doubt it would be relocated and eaten later.
I have seen Ravens hide and store excess prey, but this is the first time i have seen a Magpie hide its food for later consumption.
Best Regards
Wynton Maddeford  

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