Questions about magpies
"Jenny Bradford" <>
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 09:22:14 +1000
Can anybody answer a couple of questions about (Qld) magpies for me?
At around what age does a magpie reach breeding age, if all the conditions
are conducive (i.e. no other breeding pair in the vicinity)?
Each year, I observe juvenile magpies with two distinct colourings:
Some are shades of motley grey, while others have tawny brown feathers, and
what look like painted-on "eyebrows". I have hand-raised both a male and a
female and neither of these went through this "tawny brown" phase, so I
have scratched the theory that one is male and the other female.
Also, is there anyone known to be doing (or to have done) any behavioural
research into magpies?
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