Re: birding-aus NZ Magpies don't call?

To: "Martin O'Brien" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus NZ Magpies don't call?
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 23:10:30 +1000
Martin O'Brien wrote:
> 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
> Zealand?
> Martin O'Brien

NZ Magpies.
It might depend on when you were there.
We were in NZ in November 1990 on a tour which included a very keen
English person with tape=recorder. She was disappointed because Magpies
were not singing, but was told it was because they were too busy feeding
young to have the time.  However a very early morning session near
Dunedin happily resulted in some good magpie song on tape.
 I always notice magpie song here in Vic., like Grey Butcherbird, as
more noticeable in autumn and winter than in summer.
Anthea Fleming in Melbourne
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