Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Peewee or Magpie-lark

Grallina cyanoleuca
 
This is a very common bird throughout mainland Australia but is absent from Tasmania so I was happy to get some photos while visiting Adelaide.  It has many common names including Peewit, Peewee, Mudlark, Murray magpie and Yilimbirraa. I was brought up using the onomatopoeic name Peewee although the accepted common name these days is the Magpie-lark.


Plucky Peewee Pauses Precariously Upon Pointy Perch



 The Magpie-lark -  Grallina cyanoleuca





10 comments:

  1. I prefer Peewee too! These are one of my favourite garden birds.

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  2. Its a great looking bird.

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  3. Great photos! Love the design the bird makes with the wire in the first shot! beautiful bird! I really like the name Peewee, I think. Glad you were able to see one and share these photos!

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  4. Great shots of this interesting species.

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  5. Your Magpie lark is beautiful. The name Peewee is cute! Lovely photos and a great post.

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  6. Beautiful, no matter what name it goes by.

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  7. Thank you Christian, Adam, Linda, Frank, Eileen, and thewovenspoke.
    By the way, if anyone wants to hear the sound that gives this bird the name Peewee, you can hear it on the Birds in Backyards site at:
    http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Grallina-cyanoleuca

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  8. Wonderful photos of this stunning bird! Ot looks like quite a character in the first photo.

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  9. Thanks Villrose

    Thanks EG Cameragirl - Not the best lighting on that first shot but I liked the pose.

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