magpie hanging by its bill

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Subject: magpie hanging by its bill
From: Merrilyn Serong <>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 14:11:10 +1100

Hi all,
At Dartmoor in SW Victoria the other day, I saw a magpie hanging from the tip of a branch of a large Atlantic Cedar next to the road that leads to the camping ground. The bird was clinging on with its bill and hung 2 or 3 metres above the ground. Another magpie was watching from the ground below. The hanging bird was already there when I saw it and I watched for maybe 20 seconds, then it let go and joined the other bird. The branch swung up to its original position. The bird looked like it was showing off. Does anyone have any thoughts on this behaviour?
Happy New Year with lots of great birding,

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