Australian Magpie

Biology and Behaviour of an Unusual Songbird
Gisela Kaplan


The Australian magpie is one of that nation’s most popular and iconic birds. It is loved for its impressive vocal abilities, propensity to play, excellent parenting and willingness to form enduring friendships with people. Australian Magpie is a thoroughly updated and substantially expanded account of the behaviour of these birds. With new chapters on classification, cognition and caring for young, it reveals the extraordinary capabilities of the magpie, including its complex social behaviour.

Features include:

  • A fully updated account of this Australian icon, written by one of Australia’s leading animal behaviour researchers
  • Interweaves rigorous academic research with hundreds of hours of the author’s personal observations
  • Unravels the complex family and social behavior of magpies in an engaging text


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  • Size
    245 x 170mm
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
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