I've seen the baby magpie lie down in submission etc.. for the poster that was asking ..because of his/her Alpha male parent .. and Bumpy Leg is definitely the Mum, Happy Magpieing and guess what Agvulpes I will be at the G Thursday night GO TIGES :), I don't see many eagles around here but the seagulls sure upset my Magpies.. and lose lol. ... No. They also sing complex songs, and the sound of magpies can often be heard early in the morning as the sun rises. It looks like you have indeed 'acquired' a new family of Magpies ? This family of Magpies, there was only Mum and Dad at the time, would come down every day and take the food; becoming so tame that they would eat out of our hands and trusted us so much they would even come into our enclosed back porch. Missmvpinetree, I am very sorry to hear about what has happened. I have a biased affection for our Black and White feathered friends,being a pies supporter. The Vet and I had quite a discussion about the best cause of action and he even called the Wild Life authorities to get their suggestions ! Two chicks in a mud nest Birds generally pair for life (though divorce is not unknown) and defend a territory together. It is she that sits on the eggs for 13 days until they hatch. Do you see any sense in all this please? I have seen two female magpies feeding the young but no not two Males! It it takes 24 days for them to hatch. (Magpies are not allowed to be kept as Pets). I believe that it is wise move to not overfeed as you don't want the Magpie to become reliant on you for their nourishment. As far as when does the baby stop crying? Daddy maggie and I have built up a special bond and I am sure that when we are talking he understands what I am saying to him. Many times I have watched Magpies take multiple baths and then 'preen' themselves, it's my opinion that this is how they look after their personal hygiene :), If you come up with any other possibilities drop by and let us know. 1996. Do Magpies Mate for Life ? For most of the year, the wren is a solitary bird that fiercely protects his territory. Last September /October the parents showed up with 1 newborn,to my surprise a couple days later #2 shows up! We copped a bit up here but my son said it was very very bad in Melbourne. Do Magpies mate for life? Magpies generally mate for life, although the alpha male generally has more than one female with which to mate and they live as a type of family commune. Peter (author) from Australia on September 26, 2014: @William I must preface my comment by stating once again that "I am not an expert" ! Reproduction of the Magpie. Peter (author) from Australia on September 11, 2015: @Lisa Nicholls, great to see another Magpie lover and welcome to what we loosely call the Magpie Nutters Club :), From our own experience your Magpies are pretty much doing what Magpies do :). Required fields are marked *. Right? lol .. that baby bird has me well trained lol.. lol). I have been feeding my mum and dad maggie now for 7 years and they have become very tame with daddy maggie eating out of my hand. Everyday they would return as I ventured my back yard.They would watch from the tall trees in a school behind my house. Peter (author) from Australia on August 06, 2014: @Oldbeakie first let me thank you so much for sharing your Magpie story. These small crows are highly intelligent and social, and easily pick up … Thank you Peter, you are right, magpies are so resilient. I managed to get a picture of one of the babies on Monday and i logged in here to try and post it .. but Monday night one of the babies was hit by a car (i heard the commotion) .. i picked it up off the road and it 'came to' .. parents were swooping me and i was in many minds about what to do .. in hindsight i should've taken it to the AEC..i was very distressed and thinking it would be euthanased ..it was managing to hop up the tree to as high as the fenceline .. but in tending to that baby i think the seagulls got their other baby and after speaking to a neighbour there were apparently three babies but she thinks dogs may have got the 3rd one a few weeks back. .. And i do hope the Tigers win tonight .. but who knows they're unpredictable ! In the 20 metres or so that I had to walk from picking up the baby the Mum Magpie attacked me all of the way. On the bright side though, I witnessed a 'dog fight' between a Magpie and a very large hawk (Whistling Kite) and the magpie drove the Hawk away, not once but three times!!! Peter (author) from Australia on March 07, 2015: @Midge first of all lets all thank you for sharing your Magpie tale and welcome to the growing family of Magpie Lovers :). This baby magpie about 1 week old is already demanding food from Mum Magpie and Dad Magpie. Peter (author) from Australia on September 13, 2014: G'day David and thanks for dropping by :) I will have a look at your Blog and see how your Magpies are going ! From my experience with Magpies I would suggest that they are very similar to Human families in that 'generally' there is only one 'alpha' male ! Oh yep the Magpie are very protective of their young as I have found out many times and they hate the Currawongs! Peter (author) from Australia on September 25, 2014: @Oldbeakie I could not agree with you more there is nothing we can gain by dwelling in the past, learn the lesson and move on ! I have my wonderful memories and snap shots. It's great to hear that you have your 'Special Time' with your feathered friends and I'm sure that they also regard it as special? This morning as I walked outside, I heard a loud carol and felt mum magpie flutter past me, feeling the breeze from her wings. Still waiting for my maggies...... wont give up. However whatever happens I'm sure that your kindness in looking after the Magpies, you have cemented your place in their memories. Well I guess Harry can be male or female ? She would fly down to get her mince, break it up in to tiny little pieces and fly back and forth to a big nearby gum tree (obviously to feed her new chick(s). What was the reason the vet and you decided that what you thought/wanted to do was more important that what its parents wanted to do? I wrote this in response (loosely) to a prompt from the KaiShin discord. Do the male and female crow mate for life? this awful wind :(. I sure hope you are adopted by a 'young' Magpie family in the very near future! It's almost 'unthinkable' but do you have neighbors that may not like Magpies and do something to facilitate their removal ? It depends on what the injury is, they can normally fly away with an injured leg but if the wing is damaged it may not be able to fly again. I'm not sure if birds 'think'/ 'behave' in the same logic patterns as we humans and sometimes we just have to 'go with the flow' and enjoy their company while we can! Last year they introduced us to their baby and about six months ago they kicked him out of home. Claire thanks so much for sharing your story. Meanwhile with all this going on,i thought it was a good omen that Collingwood would get to the finals and grandfinal and win after 20 years. If you do decide to feed birds never put out so much that they become dependent upon you and lose their natural ability to gather their own food. Our little guys, we have noted 4 so far, are progressing along nicely and Mum and Dad Magpies are naturally being very protective of them ! Xx. G'day there MagpieMatty and a warm welcome to Australia :) I hope you are enjoying yourself up in Brisbane! ooh grated cheese ..that's a bit cheaper than mince ! Magpies are very clever birds and will do what they have to do to get their 'Prey' into the correct size. I really enjoy helping others and seeing how this website helps so many people, I really want to continue to make it grow and be successful. No doubt a trickle will be more when it rains. It seems early but we have spotted a couple of Magpie babies around here already ! Hi there! Good to hear that old bumpy leg and family have 'resettled' now that next doors cat is gone! If you are lucky they may also be Fairy Wrens and if you are very lucky you may get some Superb Fairy Wrens ! It seems to me that you have done everything right and on the surface it surprises me that the 'whole family' just up and disappears at the same time. The first Spring came and we realized that the Mum Magpie had laid eggs and was involved in the incubation process. Maybe something like this has occured in your area and the Magpies have temporarily relocated :). Peter (author) from Australia on November 03, 2014: Hi there @missmypinetree and sorry for being tardy with my reply. Young magpies leave the nest around 27 days after hatching. You all make me miss my family even more.... Good Night Nutters... Belcaesar x. Peter (author) from Australia on May 12, 2014: @Laura I have watched your video with mouth wide open lol. The prognosis was not good. @Oldbeakie thanks for dropping by do you have any updates on your Magpie family ? Nuts , chopped up dog food pellets which they love, water melon I’ve just discovered and they forage, drink and bathe in my bird friendly yard. Unless a mate is killed or severely incapacitated, crows appear to stay with the same mate year after year. 0 1 2. Incubation rates vary by species as well, though most species incubate their eggs for about three or four weeks before they hatch. I believe it is because the Currawongs will steal the eggs of the other birds and given half the chance will even eat the babies ? It is a great Magpie time over here in Gippsland as our resident Magpies have just had their babies and they are entertaining us most of the time! I have also heard about the 'ants nest' theory but to be honest I don't put much credence in the story. Magpies generally mate for life , although the alpha male generally has more than one female with which to mate and they live as a type of family commune. I hope I am doing the right thing when I give them the cheese. I agree with @Oldbeakie !!! The old boy 'Chick-Chick' is getting on in years, from all my research the natural life span of the Australian Magpie is between 25 and 30 years. He even got to the point where once he'd had enough to eat, he'd sit in the grass in front of us and just hang out. I'm confused and missing my babies, and fairly sure they haven't been killed on the road. Now they come morning and night on to my husbands shed to be fed fresh mince. I'm sure glad to hear that the little Magpie with the bad leg has come good ! Any thoughts/ideas on why they might suddenly stop visiting after being offered delicious little meaty morsels every day? Taeko and Dumbo : to share or not to share? I am in Camberwell in Melbourne. Thank you for your support. Occasionally seen a lone female swoop straight through the backyard; if it's Mrs Magpie that seems a little unusual as she and hubby usually hang out together. If not let me know! Mum was still around and mysteriously found dead on neighbours lawn, looking very much like it was pecked to death. They have many traits similar to we humans ! Indeed magpies meet their mate and tend to stay together for the duration of their lives. Last season was not a good season for baby magpies here either, from memory there was a lot of Kurrawongs around and they just love to steal the eggs from nests and attack the very young babies :(, Oh we should feel sorry for the Blues shouldn't we ? Hawks although beautiful birds are 'hunters' and will easily capture a baby Magpie as prey. So until next time, have some great fun time with your Magpies. Asked by Wiki User. He is back but a whole lot slower at the moment and the mynas seem to know it. This website is a participant in the Amazon Associates program. Who knows you may have a new member of your family before long? Magpies Mate for Life Rachello344. As far as I can ascertain Magpies have the senses of Sight, Hearing and Feel. Looks like we are in for an early Spring so don't give up just yet :). I'm wondering if your situation has changed since you posted ? I live on a service road on a main road and there is a strip of grass separating the service and main road. This may be down to the fact that magpies mate for life. Lisa, Please keep us up to date with you Magpie Family :). Do magpies mate for life? And the pair of them attacked every crow, currawong or other magpie that came anywhere near our yard, but now we just don't see them anymore. Peter (author) from Australia on October 14, 2014: Hi @Linda, welcome and it's great to hear that you have a Magpie family to enrich your life :). When he feeds them, they perch on the toe of his work boots and even sit on his knees and take there food! Do they roost in specially dense trees on very windy nights? New Miss, named Possy, swoops on the 2 kiddies riding their new bikes on our footpath and it is not any where near breeding season. I would perhaps give the RSPCA a call if you are UK based? Unfortunately Magpies are not an endangered species so I believe that the Authorities would more than likely tell you that nothing could be done to protect the birds habitat ? Are Magpies lucky? Telling the difference between baby Magpies and their Mums and Dads can sometimes be a bit difficult?Baby and juvenile magpies have a darker bill than the adult magpie.It has been reported that Magpies can live up to 30 years and as the magpie ages it's bill starts to whiten leaving a dark blueish section at the point.Picking the gender of a Magpie is not as easy?In our neck of the wood, the Magpie male is a larger bird and usually more dominant and aggressive.If you look at the back of a male Magpie the 'white' part of his back is almost pure white whereas the female Magpie has a more mottled 'white' section. Now that you know that magpies mate for life, you might wonder what happens if one bird suddenly dies, leaving the other alone? In my experience I have found that the Male Magpie is the one that is 'banished' from the flock as, very similar to us humans, having two Alpha males in the household is not good for the harmony of the family ! after two years of no babies..hopefully they are now a family of 4 or 5 . What a predicament :), I'm glad you cleared that up for me, I'm really sorry if I offended you with my comment :). Oh you are so lucky having a Ring Tail Possum and baby in residence, lets hope that they become part of you family ! They even wait for my car of an afternoon and guaranteed, by the time I am inside, they are waiting for their food. Reading your blog was incredible, and I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of the youngling. Is this normal behaviour for a magpie? To some degree, this is true, magpies are thought to have earned their bad reputation in part due to their willingness to attack when they’re alone. I have had the same neighbours all the time I have been living at my home. Inside is neater as the birds provide a soft inner lining made from roots, plant fibres and hair. Magpies will also eat the bread themselves then 'regurgitate' the bread and stuff it down their babies throat. It is a lovely feeling when the Magpies come and have a chat with you and treat you like a friend, they seem to be the only birds that have this trait :), Ron thanks for sharing your Magpie anecdote with us and please if your Magpie does have a family feel free to drop in and keep us informed :). The female initiates the pair bond by begging for food from the male, which begins courtship feeding. However, as the well-known rhyme shows, it is generally only seeing a lone magpie that is supposed to bring bad luck. Will dad magpie come back? We don't have a dam but there is a trickling creek behind us that only ever trickles as we are very very high up the hills. I'm surprised that you have not been able to attract any Magpies, just a thought have you tried putting out some raw mince beef to lure them over :) Don't want to drag in the vermin though! Is it possible that this was a conspiracy between father and daughter so they could begin a relationship together? It amuses me that they only seem to reject other Magpies, I have seem them actually share food we have put out with birds such as Wattle birds and Lorikeets. I can't verify that though, my tree climbing days are way behind me. Speaking for myself and I'm sure our other Magpie Nutters would love to read your children's books about Magpies so let's know how it is progressing? I did actually want the Magpies to win that Grand Final. Up here the Magpies have been gathering 'stuff' for their nests already ! I have never tried feeding our Magpies in that way ! It appears that I might be birdist?? btw: If you have have any pictures relating to your Magpies and would like them included in the article for people to see by all means submit them to me via email attachments. @Claire yes the magpies have a way of 'selecting' a family don't they ? You may be right about the old Mum Magpie being pecked to death. They sure are great birds aren't they ? I am another magpie (all animal) lover and we moved into a house where the previous owners had been feeding magpies for many years prior. I have noticed our Magpies have started the nest building process so I guess that must sense that winter is drawing to a close and Spring is just around the corner! How wonderful they look. They've become quite accustomed to me playing guitar outside and will often try to out sing me any chance they get. 3 years. It was hilarious. Cheers :). Most Magpie species are monogamous, and pairs continue to breed every year for life. Recently our other native birds, especially the Wattle Honey Eaters have been building nests and breeding and are behaving very aggresively toward other birds that they normally tolerate! The Magpie has a grey and black bill and a red-brown eye. I can't think of much else that would cause them to up and leave so I will leave it open to our other readers. I miss them terribly. Very quickly my 4 swooped this interloper and moved him on.