The Black And White Australian Magpies

The flute like notes always so pleasant to hear
Of the birds who do sing every day of the year
In Summer and Autumn and Winter and Spring
The mood every day is in them for to sing
To the piping shrike family they do belong
And are among Australia's finest birds of song
They live in towns and town parks and in the countryside
The black and white Australian magpies are known far and wide
In their breeding Season from mid Winter they often sing at night
Their musical warbling a thing of delight
Familiar black and white crow sized birds to many well known
One can say of them they have ways of their own
In family groups territorial and aggressive of them one can say
The birds known to many do sing night and day.

by Francis Duggan

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