Strange Magpie behaviour

To: brian fleming <>
Subject: Strange Magpie behaviour
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 17:37:49 -0800 (PST)
--- On Mon, 11/29/10, brian fleming <> wrote:
> The Magpies were sun-bathing - why, I don't know.
> I have also seen Blackbirds and Starlings do this with
> wings spread out and beaks gaping. In all cases they seemed
> in a strange state, as if hypnotized or unconscious, but
> were in fact perfectly capable of moving if approached.

Maybe it's a form of bird Zen meditation? :)  Evidently sun bathing, along with 
washing and dusting themselves, helps with controlling parasites.  At least in 
Canberra, we've had an unusual amount of rain this year (about 170% of the 
average), so it's possible that the birds are suffering a lot more from 
parasites than during the drought.

Or maybe standing immobile in the sun is just enjoyable?  I know a lot of 
humans who enjoy sunbathing too.

I'm surprised I've never seen this behaviour before!



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