Category Archives: Magpie-lark

Magpie-lark, Mudlark, or Peewee

This Magpie-lark was one of three that came up close to investigate a friend and me while we were standing on the shore of Manly Dam. Magpie-larks are also known as Mudlarks, because they build their nests of mud, and as Peewees in imitation of the noise they make.

This one is a male. You can tell by the colour of the throat: in males it’s black, in females white.

Common name: Magpie-lark, also called a Peewee or a Mudlark

Scientific name: Grallina cyanoleuca

Approximate length: 30 cm

Date spotted: 28 April 2018 (Autumn)

Location: Manly Dam National Park, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’35.5″S 151°14’50.3″E

 

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Magpie-lark or Peewee

We don’t seem to quite know what to call these birds. Their most common name is Magpie-lark, but they’re neither magpies nor larks. They are sometimes called Peewees in imitation of their call, “pee wee, pee wee”. Other people call them Mudlarks, because they use mud to build their nests.

Magpie-lark usually look quite dapper, their feathers sleek and smooth. This one is a little ruffled, perhaps blown about by the strong wind.

Magpie-lark

Common name: Magpie-lark

Scientific name: Grallina cyanoleuca

Approximate length: 30 cm

Date spotted: Sunday 30 October 2016

Season: Spring

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’35.5″S 151°14’50.3″E