Magpie (Azure-winged) / Cyanopica cyanus

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Magpies are members of the crow family or Corvidae

The azure-winged magpie is a member of the crow family which is day active and found in small flocks which actively defend their woodland territories. They are often eaten by predators, such as large birds of prey and wild and feral cats.

They are omnivorous, feeding on a selection of vegetation, fruit and seeds together with insects and other invertebrates, small reptiles and amphibians.

The species nests in open loose colonies and pair bonds are formed between males and females following a courtship involving displays, ritual feeding and preening. The nest is built of sticks, twigs and grass. Females lay a clutch of 3-7 eggs which hatch after an incubation period of around 15-20 days. Both parents feed the chicks which fledge after 16 days.