In European folklore, magpies are birds of bad omen because of their aggressiveness toward smaller songbirds and their tendency to steal shining coins and jewels or anything small and shines.  One folk story says the magpie was the one bird that refused to sing and comfort Christ when he was crucified. Thieving Magpie - Sue Allen

In European folklore, magpies are birds of bad omen because of their aggressiveness towards smaller songbirds and their tendency to steal shining coins and jewels, or anything small and shiny

Tasmanian Magpie.....

Tasmanian Magpies do not attack people like they do on the mainland, not as aggressive.

Australia 1980 Black Backed Magpie Fine Used SG 740 Scott 739    Other Australian Stamps HERE

Australia 1980 Birds SG 740 Black Backed Magpie Fine Used

Stamps Australia 1980 Black Backed Magpie Fine Used SG 740 Scott 739

Leslie Van Der Sluys (1939-2010). Jesse's Black Backed Magpie. 1993. Handcoloured linocut.

Leslie van Der Sluys - Jesse's black backed Magpie,… - Prints - Engravings, Lithographs etc - Art - Carter's Price Guide to Antiques and Collectables

Australia 1964 SG 364 Black Backed Magpie Fine Mint Scott 368 Other Australian Stamps HERE

Australia 1964 SG 364 Black Backed Magpie Fine Mint

Bird Stamps of Australia 1964 SG 364 Black Backed Magpie Fine Mint Scott 368

Female Australian Magpie warbling

Coby and Michael Dahlem birds of Australia Australian Magpie ([Gymnorhina] Cracticus tibicen)

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