Magpie photo by Robin Song
In this Earth and Beyond program, host and producer Robin Song tells the story of a tame magpie which endeared itself to several households. Text follows audio.
Most folks know that members of the Corvid family are pretty smart birds. Ravens, crows, jays and magpies live in social societies and are problem-solvers. Anyone who has watched a Nature program about scientists devising tests for corvids comes away with a whole new respect for these feathered “Einsteins”.
Several years ago some local Talkeetnans crossed paths with a special magpie and recently I learned the whole story. Unfortunately, the sex of corvids cannot be deduced by their plumage, so they never knew if the bird was male or female, but it became “Maggie”, nonetheless. (more…)