birding-aus NZ Magpies don't call?

Subject: birding-aus NZ Magpies don't call?
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 16:19:11 +1000
A biologist friend of mine asked me to post this question on the list.

Does the Australian Magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen, call and/or sing in New

Long (1981) gives a good account of the introduction of Magpies to NZ.
Australian Magpies were introduced in a big way to NZ from as early as 1864
by some very thorough acclimatisation societies.  Both races were
introduced and birds were sourced from mainland Australia and Tasmania.

My friend beleived that magpies do not sing or call from a short visit he
made to NZ late last year.  Not having been to NZ I could not answer his
question.  Does anyone on the list have evidence one way or another?

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

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