Australian Magpie Portrait by Trish Meyer

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Nature always inspires me. Photographed on the banks of Yerrabi Pond in Canberra, Australia.
The Australian Magpie : Gymnorhina tibicen is black and white, but the plumage pattern varies across its range. Its nape, upper tail and shoulder are white in males, grey in females. Across most of Australia, the remainder of the body is black. In the south-east, centre, extreme south-west and Tasmania, the back and rump are entirely white. The eye of adult birds is chestnut brown. They average 40cm in length and weigh about 317grams.

Australian Magpies are common and conspicuous birds. Groups of up to 24 birds live year round in territories that are actively defended by all group members. The group depends on this territory for its feeding, roosting and nesting requirements. They are found wherever there is a combination of trees and adjacent open areas, including parks and playing fields. They are absent only from the densest forests and arid deserts.

The Australian Magpie walks along the ground searching for insects and their larvae. Birds will also take handouts from humans and will often venture into open houses to beg for food.


Breakfast for one

Although the Australian Magpie is generally quite tame, during the breeding season some individuals become very aggressive attacking by swooping on any intruders, including humans and their pets, which venture too close to their nest sites. The nest is a platform of sticks and twigs (occasionally wire), with a small interior bowl lined with grass and hair. The nest is constructed in the outer branches of a tree, up to 15 m above the ground.

Edited from The Australian Museum website Birds in Backyards.

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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago


    Framed Print

  • Angie66
    Angie66about 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Trish :)

  • Angie, thanks very much for your beautiful comments and favourite !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 3 years ago

    Nice shot Trish. I like the pose & the detail.

  • Thanks very much Michael, I appreciate your comments !

    – Trish Meyer

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous close up. We don’t have them around here, I saw them all the time on my last trip to Colorado but never got a chance to take a picture

  • Byron, thank you very much for your gorgeous comments and favourite ! As you well know, we are at the mercy of their decisions to come and go, I am always pleased when the bird stays put just a little longer than it takes to focus :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Very nice detail in this capture Trish

  • Thanks so much Larry for your lovely comments and for accepting this image !

    – Trish Meyer

  • CanyonWind
  • POP’s, thank you very much for featuring this well recognised Australian among a great variety of works around the world !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Congrats on the feature !

  • Thanks so much Jan for your wonderful comments and congratulations !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...about 3 years ago

    These birds are AWESOME! Our magpie that we used to have in my yard where I used to live can’t compair in size or color….but he’d pester our cat so much that he was afraid to go out the door lol Look at the intelligence in that bird’s face!

  • Carla, thank you very much for your wonderful comments and favourite ! They have a beautiful song, but can be quite intimidating when they have young in a nearby nest … swooping very close to anyone or anything they perceive as a possible danger !

    – Trish Meyer

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseabout 3 years ago

    Excellent bird portrait! Adding him to my Favourites!

  • I’m glad you like this Kathryn !
    Thanks so much for your excellent comments and favourite !

    – Trish Meyer

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful profile Trish and brilliant capture.

  • Andrea, thank you very much for your wonderful comments on this image !

    – Trish Meyer


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