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Aquarium Adds Black-Backed Magpie to Bird Collection

Aquarium Adds Black-Backed Magpie to Bird Collection
Robin Riggs

Animals

March 4, 2013

A male Black-Backed Magpie is now on exhibit at the Aquarium near the Lorikeet Forest entrance.

The Black-Backed Magpie, a subspecies of the Australian Magpie, is native to Australia and Southern New Guinea. It is also found in Fiji and New Zealand. These birds prefer grassland and savannah habitats, where they feed on insects, berries, grains, and small animals.

They are typically between 15 and 17 inches long, weigh 8 to 12 ounces, and with their long legs, spend a good deal of their time walking on the ground. The Black-Backed Magpie is known for its wide variety of complex calls.

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