Common Name: Australian Magpie
Scientific Name: Cracticus tibicen
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.