Song & Calls
One of Australia’s most familiar bird species, the Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen) is a medium-large songbird found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and also in southern New Guinea. Preferring open habitats, Australian Magpies spend much time foraging on the ground. They are often in family groups consisting of a dominant pair along with younger birds raised in previous seasons.
The fine, fluty song of the Australian Magpie is a much-loved sound of the Australian bush. Loud, melodious carolling phrases are often given as a duet or group, with the first notes usually initiated by the dominant male or female. This species makes a variety of other vocalizations with some local variations as well. Australian Magpies sometimes sing at night, as can be heard in the ‘moonlight song’ (XC218068b) recording below.