On the wing, Black-billed Magpies make long, sweeping flights with white flashes of their wing patches and long, trailing tails. Magpies walk with a swaggering strut. They sometimes gather in flocks, even seemingly living communally, and will band together to mob a raptor.
In groups, males establish dominance through a stretch display: raising the bill in the air and flashing their white eyelids. They also show aggression with their wings, flickering or quivering them to display the white wing patches; and tails spreading, quivering, or flicking their elongated tail feathers.
Bull Moose (Alces alces) with Magpie 2 of 2, Grand Teton National Park DDZ_0035
During courtship they also use a tail-spreading display. Black-billed Magpies mate for life. The female initiates the pair bond by begging for food from the male, which begins courtship feeding. The gathering of raucously calling magpies up to 40 birds have been observed may last for 10 to 15 minutes before the birds disperse and fly off silently.
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Black-billed Magpie pairs share the work of building their domed nests, which vary widely in size but are typically about 30 inches high and 20 inches wide. The male gathers sticks for the exterior. The female tends to the interior, forming a mud cup and lining it with grass.
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Black-billed Magpies are slightly larger than jays with much longer, diamond-shaped tails and heavier bills. In flight, their wings seem to be too short to support their graceful flight. These birds are black and white overall with blue-green iridescent flashes in the wing and tail.
It was strange that the animals in the story had human items, such as a hairbrush, a bottle of "mousse," and a mirror. In a story with so much factual info, this felt out-of-place.
I just felt the whole book was forced and, while I respect the effort and the ideas, the result was not as effective as I would have liked. This is about the biology of moose. The themes and content is for an older audience to "get. Summary: We follow Moose and Magpie through the four seasons and watch how they naturally behave as the year completes it's cycle.
Reader Enjoyment Factors: Kids will enjoy the colorful illustrations. Older readers will like all the fun moose facts. Content Awareness Factors: Disjointed story, jokes that only an adult or teenager would pick up on.
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Little Kid Reaction My boys enjoyed the book. Parent Reaction I was not a huge fan of this book. When a strange creature appears after the big rains, Australian animals wonder what he could be! His fur, feet, tail, and duck-like bill remind each animal of something different. But with a "down-under" spirit, they all pitch in to help him discover where he belongs.
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Kersplatypus is the story of one creature's journey to find his place in the world and how he sometimes falls flat on the way there. Moose and Magpie Bettina Restrepo author , Sherry Rogers illustrator Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: Sign in to Read Description It isn't always easy being a moose but this young moose has a special, joke-telling friend to keep him company and to help him find his way.
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