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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Cracticidae
Genus:Gymnorhina
Genus species:Gymnorhina tibicen

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:38-44 cm
Identification:The black backed magpie is a black bird with white on its lower back, the middle outer side of the wing, and on the back of its neck.
Habitat:Open areas, bush lands, rural and urban areas
Diet:Carnivore: worms, insects, spiders, ground-dwelling invertebrates
Reproduction:Breeding occurs from July to February, with the exact timing depending on the climate. Three to five eggs are incubated by the female for 20 days.
There is a strict hierarchy with a dominant male, two to three females, and their young.
Behavior:Permanent territories are established for feeding, rousting, and nesting.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Black-backed magpies are territorial; non-competitive residents are grudgingly tolerated, but larger visitors such as hawks, parrots, or herons are assailed with a pandemonium.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia Date:1965-10 Subjects:Australian magpie
perching birds
Black-backed magpie
Magpies
Gymnorhina
Artamidae
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata