Odd behaviour - Magpie

To: "Tony Russell" <>
Subject: Odd behaviour - Magpie
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 16:59:56 +1100
It is a fairly common thing for young Magpies to do that (at least around here - Canberra. I even saw it in my local park yesterday). It appears to be a form of submission display and often leads to aggression from the parent as soon as the young bird stands up, so they often do that until the parent moves away. It may be used in the period before the young are finally chased off by the parents.
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From: Tony Russell <>
To: birds <>
Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2002 12:32
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Odd behaviour - Magpie

Hi All, since completely wiping my garden clear back to bare earth ready for
remodelling I have noticed that a family of four magpies, not previously
present, have moved in. They can often be seen poking about for morsels in
the bobcatted soil.
Just a while ago I noticed one of the two fully fledged juveniles lying half
on its side and half on its back, opening its beak and making gentle begging
noises. Dad was alongside poking in the earth and taking (presumably) food
to the young one as it lay on the ground. I thought at first there may be
something wrong with the young one, but after a while dad seemed to tire of
the "game?" and wandered off. Realising this lack of further attention the
young one rolled over, got up, and poked in the dirt for itself.  Has anyone
else seen this sort of thing?

Does Eggy do this with you John ?


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