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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:36-44 cm
Identification:The black-backed magpie is black with a wide white collar, shoulder, wing band, and rump. It has a white tail with a black band at the tip.
Habitat:Open forests, rural and urban areas
Diet:Carnivore: insects, worms, other small animals
Reproduction:Australian magpies lay two to five oval-shaped eggs that are bluish-green in color.
Magpies will gather into clans of 5-10 birds.
Behavior:During the breeding season, these birds can be highly territorial and aggressive.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Australian magpies are considerably smaller in northern Australia.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia Date:1972-01 Subjects:crow
Black-backed magpie
Australian magpie
perching birds
Magpies
Gymnorhina
Artamidae
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata