This week the Roots & Shoots Club is featuring magpies. The Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) is a medium-sized black and white bird frequently seen in the school grounds and at home. It is considered to be one of the most intelligent animals in the world and one of only a few non-mammal species able to recognize itself in a mirror test! Also, Magpies’ appetite for eating the insects in your lawn makes them great backyard buddies as they will help keep your bug numbers down.
Like the mudlark, the magpie is also considered a musical genius! Listen to this bird’s amazing calls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYEYc8Ge3nw and the song of R2D2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0T_4MO_v0o