It is a common and very widespread bird both in urban and rural areas, occupying all parts of the continent except for Tasmania and some of the inland desert in the far north-west of Western Australia, and appears to have adapted well to the presence of humans.

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The Magpie-lark is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) is a conspicuous bird of small to medium size, usually known as the Mudlark in Victoria and South Australia and the Peewee in New South Wales and Queensland. It is common and very widespread, occupying the entire continent except for Tasmania and some of the inland desert in the far north-west of Western Australia. More

The Magpie-lark is distinctively marked in black and white. The thin whitish bill and pale iris separate it from other similarly coloured species. The adult male Magpie-lark has a white eyebrow and black face, while the female has an all-white face with no white eyebrow. Young birds have a black forehead, a white eyebrow and a white throat. The Magpie-lark is often referred to as a Peewee or Pee Wee, after the sound of its distinctive calls. More

The Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) is a conspicuous Australian bird of small to medium size, also known as the Mudlark in Victoria and Western Australia, the Murray Magpie in South Australia, and as the Peewee in New South Wales and Queensland. It had been relegated to a subfamily of fantails in the family Dicruridae (drongos), but has more recently been placed in a new family of Monarchidae (monarch flycatchers). More

australian magpie-lark out for a stroll (bird photography weekly) = by Wren on November 8, 2009 · 13 comments in Bird Photography Weekly, birds, zoos & gardens magpie-lark Got birds? Related Posts with Thumbnails Tagged as: Australia Zoo, grallina cyanoleuca, magpie lark { 13 comments } 1 ramblingwoods November 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm A magpie lark? More

Magpie-larks have striking black-and-white plumage and long legs. Facial plumage patterns differ between males, females and juveniles. Juveniles also differ from adults in having dark eyes and bills, whereas those of adults are white. Males are typically slightly larger than females. Adults are 10–12 in (25–30 cm) long, and weigh 3–4 oz (80–115 g). DISTRIBUTION Widespread throughout Australia, except in dry deserts and dense forests. Also in Timor, southern New Guinea, and Lord Howe Island. More

creatures, the Magpie-lark can adapt to an enormous range of different habitats, requiring only some soft, bare ground for foraging, a supply of mud for making a nest, and a tree to make it in. They have benefited greatly from agriculture: both the clearing of dense forest in fertile zones and the provision of artesian water in arid areas—although a disaster for other species—have been a boon for bare-ground and short grass feeders like Magpies and Magpie-larks. More

Magpie-larks are one of the 200-odd species of bird around the world that are known to sing in duet; each partner producing about one note a second, but a half-second apart, so that humans find it difficult to tell that there are actually two birds singing, not one. More

The Magpie-lark is aggressively territorial, and will fearlessly defend its territory against larger species such as magpies, ravens, kookaburras, and even the Wedge-tailed Eagle. They are not known to attack people. More

Australian magpie-larks defend territories by singing in pairs. Credit: Michelle Hall Jam sessions in the avian world, rather than drawing a crowd, keep out pesky intruders, new research suggests. And magpie-lark duets with the most rhythm present a more threatening deterrent than those whistling off beat. More

Magpie-larks occupy a diverse range of habitats from coastal to semi-arid. BEHAVIOR Usually seen in pairs or small family groups, though young birds and unpaired adults gather into large nomadic flocks. Breeding pairs defend all-purpose territories throughout the year. Partners advertise territory ownership by performing precisely coordinated antiphonal duets from conspicuous perches around their territories, often accompanying the duet by a synchronized wing display. More

Magpie-lark is a black and white bird without any link with magpies or larks. Smaller than Australian Magpie, both species are sometimes confused. Adult male has black and white body. It has black wings, tail, mantel, throat, face, crown and nape. White parts include rump, vent, belly, breast, eye brow, ear area and neck sides. It has white wing patch. Underwings are white with black flight feathers, and undertail is black. More

Magpie-lark - Definition = Magpie-lark Magpie-lark, Female Female Magpie-lark, Male Male Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Dicruridae Genus: Grallina Species: More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Monarchidae
Genus : Grallina
Species : cyanoleuca
Authority : (Latham, 1801)