Re:Young magpie Diet

To: Brian Fleming <>
Subject: Re:Young magpie Diet
From: knightl <>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 20:27:24 +1000
Hmmm, it begs the question why they are called "magpie-larks" rather than "pied larks". Using the same logic, you could refer to pied currawongs as magpie-crows, pied butcherbirds as little-magpies, and willie wagtails as magpie fantails.

Actually, now that I think of it, you could probably call willie wagtails "colliwobbles".


On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at 06:37  PM, Brian Fleming wrote:

John Gamblin kindly forwarded a very useful diet sheet.
Just one point for non-South Australians -
'Murray Magpies' are really what Victorians call Mudlarks. The ignorant
folk in NSW call them Peewees, and the birdbooks name them 'Australian
Magpie-larks.' (actually according to the DNA-smiths they are aberrant
Anthea Fleming
who still calls the Grey Fantail 'Cranky Fan'.

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