Webber House Sign

THE AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE is a bird that is found throughout the country – common and conspicuous, with its striking black and white markings (which vary from area to area, and individual to individual). Originally named by white settlers after the European magpie, it is only very distantly related. Living in family groups that may be as large as 24, they are communal birds who remain in their territory and staunchly defend it, most noticeably at breeding time. At this time of the year (which usually begins around mid August and may go on for months) watch out for swooping adult birds (especially when riding a bike), who guard a large area (up to 50 meters) around the nest. People try everything from wearing hats with large eyes on the back, to carrying tennis rackets or umbrellas to protect themselves from rear ambushes, which is the magpie’s favorite tactic. Interestingly though, magpies know their human ‘neighbors’, and will not attack those whom they know as ‘regulars’ (ie: if they live in your yard, which is nice of them!)

If they have a bit of a bad reputation for their aggressive habits every spring, magpies do make up for it in their well-known and beautiful songs. They have a wide variety of musical calls, some very complex, and their pitch can cover over four octaves. They can mimic dozens of other bird species, not to mention dogs and cats, and some have even been known to imitate human speech. A favorite mascot or emblem for sports teams (for its spunky character and iconic identity), the magpie has been adopted by many Australian teams.

The magpie on this house sign was painted by hand, while the groove border was carved using hand chisels.

Flat Painted
Flat Painted
Sign Size
14 " x 14 "