family structure - magpies

To: "'Suzanne Edgar'" <>
Subject: family structure - magpies
From: "Margaret Leggoe" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:08:50 +1000

My male has dead white neck, the females have grey necks, in keeping with nominate race tibicen (Morecombe 2003 and Taylor & Day 1993).


From: Suzanne Edgar [
Sent: Monday, 23 April 2012 11:43 AM
To: 'Margaret Leggoe'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] family structure - magpies


Ref Gisela Kaplan, Behaviour & Biology of the Austn Magpie for heaps of scientifically based lore re the mag., In my families the female is/ has always been the slenderer bird and yes I reckon she  had 2 husbands in tow last season and poss even an incestuous set-up with 1 husb bein fr a previous brood


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