Thursday, 18 July 2013

Australian Magpie-athonic


The morning calls of the maggies are awesome to wake up in the morning.  Australia has the most singing birds on the planet and are thought to be where song birds originated from.  Youtube has some really good stuff on them.  Magpies are pretty clever and have been know to learn words, mimic sounds and when found damaged and adopted by people make quite good friends.  Taronga Zoo have trained a couple of them and we have seen them taught to pick up paper and put it in the bin.



Here's a bit of a feeding frenzy, most of these wild birds get used to you and regularly come back for a free feed.



They're also renowned for getting pretty aggressive in mating sason!