Magpie Reflection

Magpie (General)   (Listen while you read)


The Maggie is an exceptional bird.

And why is it exceptional?

It is exceptional, my friend, because it thinks quite clearly about its life and its needs.

And this is what the Maggie says to you, dear friend.

Think clearly about your life.

We all have our needs. Do we not? Indeed we do.

We all have our needs and some of us look after our needs, and others – well; do we need to say more!

Yes, my friends, Maggies are here to tell us that we do have needs, and that if we do not look after our needs we will most certainly do without.

Can we be a little more specific? Indeed we can.

We, the Maggies of the world ask that you eat well. There are lots of very good nourishing tid-bits to be found. Are there not?

We ask that you take the opportunity to fly once in a while.

By that, my friends, we ask that you get out and about. Don’t remain stuck in one position of frame of mind or body. There are a myriad of sights to see, and thoughts to be had.

Take a load off once in a while, and allow yourself to relax.

Is this specific enough for you?

Good; we Maggies of the world hope that you take this advice to heart. We do.

Do you not see us conversing with each other; feeding ourselves the highly nutritious tid-bits; relaxing in the sun?

Indeed you do, my friends.

We know how to take care of ourselves, and hope that you do too.

Carolyn Page – ABC of Spirit Talk

Image Credit:  Katarina_Christenson /


    1. Thank You, Jalal. They are fascinating. We have many living in our region. I just adore their calls. They speak to each other with so many different calls. Their vocabulary is huge! 🙂

  1. I was watching a program on these cute birds, how they snatch the things they like from hands of people! coins, blue coloured things… and any other thing they think will impress their girlfriends. 🙂

    1. Trisha, I’ve had to change my reply. I think you are thinking of the Bower Bird who particularly likes blue objects, and collects as many as possible to adorn his nest. Very cute birds.

      The Magpies are such gorgeous birds; I love them. They are also very regal. It’s easy to see they are the honoured birds of any neighbourhood. 🙂

      1. maybe there are two birds, but i was watching a program on either nat geo or discovery and he was talking about magpies, later he went to bower birds- their nests are so amazing! are not they?

        We see only magpie robins, no magpies here. 🙂

    1. Hi Mel. 🙂

      Are you thinking, perhaps, of the Blackbird from the song –
      Sing a song of sixpence
      A pocketful of rye, etc., – where 24 Blackbirds are baked in a pie!?

      Our Australian Maggie are quite a regal bird with wonderful musical warbling that can go on for up to an hour. Their songs are extensive, and they converse with each other so obviously (to the observer) it makes you appreciate their intelligence.

      They can also mimic other birds; even horses, dogs and human speech. I adore them. We have many living in our area of Oz. It’s a wonderful thing to wake up to the call of the Maggie. It’s so typically Australian.. 😀

      1. Oh yes we have a magpie shrike says Wikipedia! From the photo it looks a lot like birds in our garden but I will have to ask somebody who knows a lot about our garden birds.

        1. He’s a cutie, Mel; I took a little look at Wiki. He certainly has the black and white colouring, though, apparently not the same family as our Aussie Maggie.
          There is also a European Maggpie, though, once again, not the same family. If I’m inspired, I’ll do a reflection for your little S.A. fellow. He looks very sweet!

          1. We have a regular visitor to our garden, he or she? Is just too beautiful. We also have 2 crows that sound like a telephone _ I understand they are family. But the smaller birds avoid the crows. They are not all friends!

            1. We have a similar situation in Oz. Not too many birds like the crow. The Maggie, however, is not perturbed by the crow. I think that’s why I like them so. They are fair and just in their relationships with other species of birds. Although big enough to be a threat, they don’t need to be.

    1. Hahaaa, Kathy; no, our Australian Maggie is not a thief. I think you may be thinking of the Bower Bird. They definitely are thieves, picking up shiny objects, particularly blue in colour; all to attract a mate. 😉

      Maggies are way too regal to stoop to such behaviour. 😉
      No; the Maggie, although highly protective of its nest in Springtime, is like a sentinel surveying and ruling over his property – which happens to be wherever he is. To hear his call is truly magical.

    1. We have a Maggie, not far away, who (every year it seems) guards his/her nest with territorial/parental vigour during Spring. 😀 I haven’t walked that particular route for a couple of years now. Dive bombing Maggies are better left alone!

  2. A lovely reflection! I had some not so nice memories of swooping magpies, but understand that they are both extremely clever and very protective parents. This was a gorgeous post xx

    1. Yes, it seems for us Aussies the first inkling we have of Maggies near is in Spring when they swoop on us!

      Ha haa.. Not such a funny thing when it happens, for sure. 😀

  3. A very descriptive and interesting reflection Carolyn ~ I understand, like Crows and Rooks, they are members of the Corvid family, reputedly the most intelligent family of birds in the Avian world. Lovely post, thank you.

    1. Hi John, good to see you. 🙂
      Like many things here in Oz, we are a breed unto ourselves, so to speak. 😉 Although the Aussie Maggie is spectacularly intelligent, unlike the European Magpie our Maggie is of the family Artamidae
      He is a gorgeous fellow, John, full of life, and a very proud fellow too; yet refrains from any kind of rough behaviour with other birds. He’s a delight to watch; though Spring is the time of year to avoid him as he’s guarding his nest with great diligence. Many a nonchalant walker has felt the wrath of his feathers (or beak) as they inadvertently get too close.

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