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Australian Magpie

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The warbling and carolling of the Australian magpie are familiar to many although few of us recognize that it ranks among the foremost songbirds of the world. Its impressive vocal abilities, its propensity to play and clown, and its willingness to interact with people, make the magpie one of our most well-known birds.

This insightful book presents a comprehensive account o
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Paperback, 152 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by CSIRO Publishing (first published October 1st 2004)
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Xanthi
Feb 09, 2012 Xanthi rated it really liked it
I often sit outdoors during my breaks at work and I gradually became familiar with a group of magpies that live in the area. I would watch them and even interact with them a bit. I found myself giving names to a few and looked forward to seeing them. I realized, although growing up with them all around me, I knew very little about them. The struck me as intelligent, outgoing birds. So I was pleasantly surprised when my partner handed me this book. I was learning things I never knew about ...more
Katharine
Apr 13, 2016 Katharine rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, I loved this book. I've recently become fascinated by Magpies, having recently watched a pair raise three chicks in my front yard. I've always been interested in animal behaviour, and Magpies are very complex.

There is just so little around on Magpies - I really wanted to go into depth in terms of how they've evolved, their similarities to other types of birds (eg sharing a lot of traits with birds of prey), how they differ around Australia, their complex social structure, the reason for
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Pablo Palet Araneda
Apr 25, 2013 Pablo Palet Araneda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ornitologia
Amazing! I enjoyed so much, particularly the chapters of social development, communication and mimicry, and song production. It was not anthropomorphism but Magpies have a real developed society. It's incredible also how the specialists can research and understand avian behavior. What a patience! I see with different eyes my fellow magpies now. I will miss them a lot when going back to my country!
I forgot to say that it deserves a better edition, correcting some fails and especially with full co
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Frances Bell
Mar 04, 2011 Frances Bell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-care
Another brilliant book and worth keeping a printed copy on my shelves as a permanent reference. Can't wait to find more of her works on birds.
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