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Corvinella melanoleuca

Australia and New Guinea

Magpie Shrikes are large songbirds who have black and white plumage. They have extended black tails with white tips and wings. The magpie shrike can be heard signing all day long. They are sociable creatures and are famous for their duets during breeding. Breeding pairs are partners for life. They can often be heard singing songs back and forth to each other. They breed between March and July. The birds will hatch between three to five eggs during a breeding season. The chicks are cared for by both parents for approximately 28 days in the nest. The young birds remain in the breeding territory for up to a year in order to help parents raise their young.

Habitat: Woodlands and open forst
Diet: Insects, grubs, worms and berries
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 10-12 inches
Weight: 2.8 - 4 oz
Lifespan: 2.5 years
Reproduction & Offspring: 22-25 day incubation period.


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