magpie food

Subject: magpie food
From: Atriplex Services <>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 12:56:35 +0930
Hello all.
I've made a couple of interesting observations lately, while watching wild magpies and a hand reared one around our home. 1. A skink was caught in a tree but the bird ended up with only the wriggling tail section. What fascinated me was that the bird then proceeded to peel the skin off the tail before eating it. 2. The local maggies (and a Pied Butcherbird) are all making regular breakfast time visits to a luxurient patch of Enchylaena tomentosa (Ruby Saltbush) in our garden. They are devouring large numbers of its bright yellow berries.
Anne Green, Morgan, SA

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