White magpie

To: "Barry McLean" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: White magpie
From: Barry McLean <>
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 03 11:30:48 +1100
>Received:    19/5/02 1:36 PM
>From:        Barry  McLean

>We have now seen a white magpie in the neighbouring property twice.  It 
>appears to be completely white, including the beak but yesterday when on 
>the ground we were able to see one or two small dark smudges on the 
>centre of its back.  The tip of the beak is also dark/off-white and the 
>eyes appear to be dark.  It is one of a group of eight. all the others 
>being the normal black-backed race.

Hello again

Just to follow up this old report:

I have been surprised how site faithful this bird group has been.  The 
white magpie has been seen within about 500m of the spot of first 
sighting,virtually every time we have checked.  We believe that it nested 
while we were away in July and August and we saw it feeding a normal b&w 
bird in September.
Also interesting is the fact that it has become less white over time. 
This week it is blotchy grey and white with black primary wing feathers.

         Barry & Roberta McLean
         03 57981213              
         0418 584433
         PO Box 66      
         Violet Town  Vic  3669

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