magpies singing for their food

To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: magpies singing for their food
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 19:35:33 +1000
"...but also 'sang for their food', i.e. reacted with a short song strophe
every time they got something...."

"Pavlov's magpies??"

My old rooster become a 'Pavlov's Rooster' when he realised my neighbour
would throw food over the fence if he crowed. I would often hear him start
up if I (we) heard Bill come out his back door. Ceasing when the food was
delivered. My old rooster cared for his ladies very well!

Do we have some Pavlov's Magpies?

Our local magpies Coburg, Melbourne sing. In my experience magpies sing
especially morning and evening - territorial? But also at other times.



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