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Thread #63739 Message #1038709
Posted By: GUEST,Q
20-Oct-03 - 10:19 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
Subject: RE: Origins: Crow Scaring Songs
The Australian black and white "magpie," (Gymnorhina tibicen,) is not a magpie but superficially resembles the black and white American magpie, (Pica pica). They don't even belong to the same family.
The true magpie is a holarctic genus (all around the northern hemisphere), but there are a number of species, all typically black and white, from western Europe, (Pica caudata), across Russia, northern Asia to Japan and North America).
Crows are similarly confused with other black birds, of which there are a number of unrelated forms, all confused by the non-birder.
I suppose the average farmer, world-wide, doesn't give a damn about their relationships- they are all just competitors for food.