Thursday, February 14, 2013

Peewee (Magpie-lark)

This bird has many different names in Australia.

Here in Queensland it is known as a Peewee.

Adult males and females look quite similar.

The male has a black throat with a white stripe above the eye, while the female has a white throat.

All juvenile birds have the white throat of the female and the black eyestripe of the male.

When I took the photo above, this young Peewee was sitting patiently on the rock, waiting for Dad to come back.

The father bird came back with a beak full of food.

I guess we aren't the only parents who always have hungry kids.

Now the young bird can relax with a full tummy under Dad's watchful eye.

(All the photos were taken through a glass window, as it is really hard to get up close when the young Peewees are around.)


  1. Oh Nikki, those are lovely photos. I don't know bird species so I love to hear about the photo subjects like you did. Thank you for you ever fun remarks to me and the things I post. Keep smiling. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. Do you celebrate it?

    1. Hi Renae, Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day. I ended up baking some Red Velvet cupcakes and cooked a lovely roast dinner for my hubby.

  2. and ...I pinned the second photo down. thank you.

  3. fantastic captures! such a good feeling to be in the right place at the right time!

  4. Great series! Yes, not the only ones with hungry children (we have 4 teenagers at the moment plus four others).
    Do Peewees dive at you like magpies do?

    1. Sounds like you have a lot of mouths to feed at your place Karen.

      Our Peewees are quite friendly and have never dived at us, although they will chase off any birds that come too close to the nest.


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