Black and white with a lovely warbling that’s called carolling they are funny to watch especially when the whole family comes to visit.
Some days as a treat I give them some small pieces of raw cat meat; I’m definitely their best friend if I happen to be digging in the dirt and they are cheeky enough to follow and almost sit beside me waiting for the all clear so they can set to work digging about themselves for goodies I might have loosened in the soil. They tend to dig into the soil so aren’t as messy as blackbirds (with the yellow beaks) whose absolute delight is to toss dirt and mulch to one side while looking for goodies.
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They don’t seem to be afraid of anything and are really quite bossy, can even front up to big crows if they dare to land in my garden. They know and tolerate the cats and I always know when the cats are wandering about as the magpies come out with a different cry to their usual carolling.
Female magpie carolling - see how she is standing up with her mouth open