Brian Fleming <>
Re:Young magpie Diet
Wed, 1 Oct 2003 20:27:24 +1000
Hmmm, it begs the question why they are called "magpie-larks" rather
than "pied larks". Using the same logic, you could refer to pied
currawongs as magpie-crows, pied butcherbirds as little-magpies, and
willie wagtails as magpie fantails.
Actually, now that I think of it, you could probably call willie
On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at 06:37 PM, Brian Fleming wrote:
John Gamblin kindly forwarded a very useful diet sheet.
Just one point for non-South Australians -
'Murray Magpies' are really what Victorians call Mudlarks. The
folk in NSW call them Peewees, and the birdbooks name them 'Australian
Magpie-larks.' (actually according to the DNA-smiths they are aberrant
who still calls the Grey Fantail 'Cranky Fan'.
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