Magpie Breeding

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Subject: Magpie Breeding
From: "Robyn" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 15:38:58 +1000
The poor magpies which own the local territory here in Maroochydore SEQ are 
doing it tough these days.   What was a lovely area with large backyards and 
plenty of trees has gradually degraded with the removal of many, many trees and 
their replacement with units and concrete.

However, the same family of magpies has remained and eked out a living.   The 
last three years, they have had to build their nest in palm trees - a different 
one each year.   This year, they have raised FIVE young.   The poor female 
looks in terrible condition, has lost most of her head and neck feathers, and 
looks thin.   She does most of the caring for the young - they are weeks out of 
the nest - but occasionally the male takes one or two, but she often has the 
five.  I have never seen a young pair of magpies with five young, let alone one 
as old as she is.   I don't know how old she is, but when her previous mate 
became too old to breed maye ten years ago, she took a toyboy who is still the 
encumbent.   There are no birds from previous breedings to assist her - at 
least, not that I have seen in the area.   Hope the poor thing lives to raise 
them all to independence.


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