Rufousy Brown Breasted Magpie

Subject: Rufousy Brown Breasted Magpie
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 19:28:55 +1000

While we are on the topic of strangely marked birds; I saw a magpie  the other day with a rufousy brown colouration over its breast. The colouration extended up under its chin to its beak, but its eye had a distinctly black ring around it and its ear patch was also black. It also had a rufousy brown eyebrow extending from its beak to the white patch on the back of its head/neck Its crown being black.

Are these are common markings of a young magpie that are a little more defined than usual?

I have some photos clearly displaying the markings if anyone would like to see them.


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