My favorite australian bird
AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE (Gymnorhina tibicen)
birdsinbackyards.net/feature/top-40-bird-songs.cfm fast site with Fred Van Gessel signing for the audio of: Sorrower, screecher, triller, hooter carroler, crier, cackler, clocker, cooer, peeper, whistlers and waverer
nzbirds.com/birds/magpie.html has a 5Mb wav file and this bit of horrorstory (specially in the light of the fact they are by no means fast breeders): "In the 1971 rooks were declared an agricultural pest in the Hawke’s Bay and something like 35,000 thousand were shot, probably about half the population. Once again the cry has gone out to kill them when they do no real harm to anyone and certainly no harm to our native birds." ------- also this: a rapsodic poem by Frank S. Williamson
another very complete page (if you like esoteric fabulizing and discounting the audio track which doesn't do the bird's musical talent near enough justice):
unireps.com.au/isbn/0643090681.htm 208 page book on magpies (the author, Gisela Kaplan took 6 years to write it)
tiscali.co.uk/reference/dictionaries/.. the Hutchinson encyc. calls them piping crows
http://abc.net.au/archives/sound/11.ram stream only
what sent me huuuuntin (alison Kraus voice) for these links was a memory of magpie scieng.flinders.edu.au/biology/...jpg
hear him here: http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mar.dav/dls003.html
and here: junglewalk.com/popup.asp?type=a&AnimalAudioID=3306
Sweet-voiced magpies are the black and white minstrels of Australia. They have adapted successfully to urban and agricultural areas. Beautiful carolling, a relish for eating many harmful insect pests and the bird's bold nature have made the magpie popular with the suburban gardener and other bird lovers. Australian magpies are often found in relatively open gardens, and sometimes become quite tame in suburban areas.
A magpie's life - September 28, 2004
High flier ... magpies may have capabilities comparable to a dog's.
waratahsoftware.com.au/wp_birds_birds.html large photographs of oz birds
ConvictCreations.Com quick and clean intro to australia
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