16 July 2019 Birds

Australian Magpie

Two species were introduced into New Zealand; the white backed magpie from south-eastern Australia and Tasmania and the black beaked magpie of northern Australia. These birds use Eastwoodhill as a home for the night from the surrounding countryside. A flock of these birds is fascinating to watch in the late afternoon with an unexpected family camaraderie. The arboretum is home to several resident birds, each of which has its territory. Known to be aggressive birds, we find there is still much other birdlife, the only bird often suffering from Magpie attention being the Australasian Harrier.