Gymnorhina tibicen

Gymnorhina tibicen

Gymnorhina tibicen

(Australian Magpie)

FAMILY

Artamidae

Species

Gymnorhina tibicen

Common name

Australian Magpie

Main colour(s)

Black and white

Distinctive feature

White patch at back of head, size 36-44

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

Several families of magpies are resident on campus, they occur in pairs or with one or two juveniles which are grey with white. Often heard carolling in the early morning. In the male the white patch on the back of the head is clean cut against the black of the body, in the female the border is blurred. There is also a white area on the wings and under the tail. A number of races and hybrids occur throughout the country. Legs and feet black, eyes brown, bill grey with black tip.

Additional Photos

Adult Magpie on drinking fountain