Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen

Common Name:  Australian Magpie

Scientific Name: Cracticus tibicen

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Distribution and habitat: Magpies are found in most parts of Australia. They live where there are trees near open areas.

Feeding: Magpies mostly eat insects and larvae that live just below the surface of the ground.

Breeding: Magpies nest between August and October. The nest is a platform of sticks lined with grass and hair in the outer branches of a tree. The female lays 1 – 6 eggs. The chicks hatch after 21 days and leave the nest after 28 days.

Did you know? For 4 to 6 weeks during the breeding season, some magpies swoop at people walking past their nest.

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