bold black-and-white plumage; large sturdy body (Australia; 2006-06-20)

Australian Magpie
Gymnorhina tibicen

Native Range: Australian Region

Notes: a raven-sized bird that is as bold in personality as it is in plumage; aggressively defends its territory especially during the nesting season, sometimes even attacking any humans that might be passing by.

dorsal view; note the white nape region (Australia; 2006-06-20)

ventral view; note the red iris; white vent area (Australia; 2006-06-20)

side view; note the bluish bill with a dark tip (Australia; 2006-06-20)

head view; note the long, sharp, and sturdy bill (Australia; 2006-06-20)