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Murray magpie
Title : Murray magpie Murray magpie
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Creator : Scott, Jenny, photographer
Date of creation : 2006
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The Murray Magpie (Grallina cyanoleuca) is also known as the Magpie lark and is found in most parts of Australia, usually near water. They are a familiar bird in towns and cities.

The birds are usually ground dwelling, seeking insects and insect larvae in the ground. They build nests of mud lined with feathers and grass. Several broods may be raised in a year, and the birds will aggressively defend their territory.

Period : 21st century
Further reading :
Cayley, Neville W. What bird is that?, Dingley, Vic. : Redwood Editions, 2000
Condon, H. T. A handlist of the birds of South Australia, 3rd ed. rev. and enl., [Adelaide] South Australian Ornithological Association, 1969
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