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Another antipodean difference:

in the northern hemisphere magpies look like this:

in the southern hemisphere magpies look like this:

These are not at all the same bird, not even the same family, both called magpie, both black and white, that's all!!


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Mar. 13th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh, you've done it already!!! OMG!
they sure are different. Yours look much friendlier!!!
Mar. 13th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
They have similar reputations, despite the difference in looks, but I have to admit to preferring the northern magpie, they do seem much friendlier somehow!!
Mar. 13th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
I've always liked magpies but I do prefer your one, too! The ones that hung around school are quite sinister.
Mar. 13th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
I always thought that NZ magpies looked like piebald rooks or something...ours bounce along when they move with little jumps!
Mar. 29th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Hi Viv - it's Alex here.

I'd always heard that 'our' magpies (in Australia) weren't strictly speaking really magpies - but were just called that by the British, since they were black n white. My daughter said the look like black and white crows. But then I've heard our crows are not strictly crows either, meaning they aren't the same as the crows from Europe.

I agree that our magpies look far more aggro and nasty. The northern ones *look* sweet and gentle, but I read where you said they weren't.

Go the maggies! Our football is due to start this weekend, the Australian Football League (AFL) and our team is Collingwoood, the magpies (g) (they wear a black n white jumper).


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