Australian Magpie

About the Australian Magpie

Also known as: Australasian Magpie, Black-backed Magpie

The Australian Magpie is a songbird native to Australia and southern parts of New Guinea. They have striking black and white plumage and a distinctive rich brown eye color and light blue beak. While called magpies, these birds are not closely related to European or American magpies. Australian Magpies were named by European settlers who noted the similarity in their plumage with the Eurasian Magpie, with which they were familiar.

Australian Magpies are common and conspicuous within their range. These omnivorous birds are well-adapted to a variety of habitats and can be found in city parks and suburban back yards.

The population trend for the Australian Magpie is increasing and as of July 2013 the species has a conservation status of Least Concern.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 21 July 2013
Scientific Name
Gymnorhina tibicen
  • Passeriformes
  • Cracticidae
  • Gymnorhina
  • G. tibicen
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
14.5 to 17 inches
26 to 33 inches
8 to 12 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑背钟鹊
Czech (Cesky) flétňák australský
Danish (Dansk) Australsk Fløjtefugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwartrugfluitvogel
Finnish (Suomi) isohuiluvaris
French (Français) Cassican flûteur
German (Deutsch) Flötenvogel
Italian (Italiano) Gazza australiana
Japanese (日本語) カササギフエガラス [kasasagifuegarasu]
Norwegian (Norsk) Plystreskjære
Polish (Polski) dzierzbowron
Russian (русский язык) Черноспинная певчая ворона
Spanish (Español) Verdugo Flautista
Swedish (Svenska) Australskata
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