Magpie Lark 11th January 2015

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
  • 2015:01:11 10:07:07
  • 0.004 s (1/250) (1/250)
  • f/5.6
  • 400
  • 2013:07:07 10:01:28
  • 4.75m
  • No
  • 300.00 (300/1)

Shot Notes

This is a male Magpie Lark. It’s DNA shows it is not a magpie or a lark but a monarch flycatcher. Like many Australian birds it was originally named using an English ornithologist’s vocabulary. Today its name depends on which state you are in. It is known as a Peewee in New South Wales and Queensland, a Mudlark in Victoria and Western Australia, and a Murray Magpie in South Australia.

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2 Responses to “Magpie Lark”

  1. 1

    It looks nothing like a British magpie! I guess they only had their memories or drawings for comparison when they named various creatures – no colour photography ☺

  2. 2
    Jason Benz:

    I guess the black & white feathers reminded them of a magpie. There are many species especially in Australia whose DNA is revealing them to be misnamed.

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