Magpie bird is a distinctive black and white bird. Magpies. by Joseph Jacobs English Fairy Tales. They have just all left the nest after around 3 weeks and both male & female feeding them. Only during the spring, when feeding its young, does it become a major predator, raiding the nests of songbirds for eggs and young. It’s worth bearing in mind that swooping magpies (invariably males on guard duty) do not act in aggression or anger but as nest defenders. Opinions differ widely on the impact of magpies on nesting birds. The strategy they choose is based on risk assessment. ... which it collects and hordes in its nest. For the magpie is the cleverest bird of all at building nests. Magpies help control pest insects such as grasshoppers and tent caterpillars, and also “clean up” dead animals and garbage scattered by other animals. Black head, body and wings, with a sharply defined white belly and a long black tail, the tail and wings tinged with iridescent greens, blues and purples when seen at close quarters. The tail accounts for over half the total length of the bird and is an indication of the bird's status in its society. All the birds of the air came to the magpie and asked her to teach them how to build nests. During the winter the magpie’s diet is largely vegetarian, and in the summer predominately ground invertebrates. From a distance the Magpie is a black and white crow with a long tail. The head, breast and back are black, the shoulders patches, belly and flanks are white. The female built her nest recently and had 4 chicks. “That suits me,” cried the starling, and off it flew; and very comfortable nests have starlings. T. TheSeagull Well-known member. Other species of birds and mammals often use unoccupied magpie nests. Because nest sites are limited, between 25 per cent and 60 per cent of magpies in an area do not breed. I have been observing a pair of magpies for 3 years in my garden. 3. Breeding magpies hold a territory of about five hectares (12 acres) all year round. Legends and Short Stories to Share on Bird Day : The Magpie's Nest. Reputation: Magpies are well known for their thievery, avidly collecting shiny objects to adorn their nests. Well, then Madge Magpie took some feathers and stuff and lined the nest very comfortably with it. My garden, being basically all mud, is a favourite of the Magpies when nest building/repairing. Weight: These magpies weigh between 220 and 350 grams (8–12 oz). Size: The length of these birds is 37 to 43 cm (14.5–17 in) with a wingspan of 65–85 cm (26–33 in).. So it went on, every bird taking away some knowledge of how to build nests, but, none of them waiting to the end. 4. 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