Brown Magpie

To: "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Brown Magpie
From: "Roger Giller" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 12:15:16 +1100
Hi All,

 I have just returned from a 4 month, 24000 km caravan trip to Qld, NT,WA and 
SA.  It was not specifically a birding trip but we ticked 62 new species. I 
need time to sort out all the observations, and will eventually post some 
numbers etc., but thought I would start with this.

On our first night out of Sydney we stopped at Burrendong Dam. Among the many 
birds around the caravan park was  an Australian Magpie with an unusual 
chocolate brown colouration on the wings. I managed a couple of photos, of 
which this is the best. More surprising was that a few days later we saw 
another one with similar colouration at Charleville. The photo of this one is 
also on ABID.

 I have seen lots of Magpies of all ages but never with this colouration. We 
did not see any others like this on the trip, although there were the 
"white-backed" race in the expected places.

There were plenty of "normal" coloured Magpies in both locations.

Is this unusual. I had a quick Google but found nothing specific on Brown 


Roger Giller.

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