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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Magpie

  By Louise, Hannah and Amber
They magpie is a common member of the crow family.  They are a common garden bird in Ireland and can be often seen on roofs of houses, in the park, in woods or in forests. 

The magpie is a distinctive, noisy, black, white and bird with a long tail.  At close range the black patches show green and purple iridescent gloss.   The   magpie is around forty-five cm long.  A mature magpie weighs around 200-250 grams.

The magpie eats young birds or small birds such as robins, tits, wrens, and finches or eggs of other birds and rarely insects.  They also eat berries, fruit, nuts, peas, grain, even large table scraps.  Like other crows the magpie often buries surplus food to eat later on.

Juvenile magpies leave the nest at three or four weeks old.  Its call is noisy and completely distinctive.  Chacha chacha chack is the magpie's song call. 

Magpies are often seen in pairs or small groups.  They like to bury shiny, metal objects and along with the jackdaw has a largely reputation as a jewel thief.

5 comments:

  1. very good report on the magpie lousie hannah k and amber:)

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  2. lauren and moreblessingJune 13, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    hi well done on the report girls you really tried your best and you did a fantastic job well done girls keep up the good work!


    from moreblessing and lauren

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  3. Hi girls,
    Great job on the Magpie report.
    I really enjoyed this wonderful report.
    Did you know that Magpies are good luck???
    I loved the way you described the Magpie.
    I think that it is a marvellous report guys.
    Fantastic job keep up the marvellous work girls.
    Hope you enjoyed my report as well.Keep up the good work.

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  4. Hello Girls,
    Thank you for all the compliments.
    I enjoyed researching the facts for the report.
    We thought that picking the magpie for our report would work out well because the magpie is an interesting,common and pretty crow to write about.I love the way magpies fly-very unusual and not like any other bird does.
    Bye,From Hannah

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