A delightful discovery about the snappy (if a little formal) dressing Magpie is their ability to perform an impressive number of complex vocalisations in addition to their common warbling. It's hard to know where they sit between the game show host and opera singer end of the spectrum in the bird calling community but either way we're big fans of their output here at Blackbird Corner.
Often described as fairly robust birds, Magpies have been known to commonly grow to 40 cm long. This size, when matched with aerial athleticism and a studious pursuit of the art of dive bombing, makes for quite the wake up call if one finds oneself walking near a Magpie nest during nesting season.
They're a proud bird that's always keen to stay grounded and when not in flight typically makes use of their long legs and can often be seen casually strolling around, avoiding at all costs any movement that could be misconstrued as hopping or waddling, frankly, its beneath them. They make great friends both to other animals and humans as YouTube will attest!
Metalbirds are made from Corten® which is designed to rust. This gives them long term protection against the elements, and a beautiful patina that shifts with the season. This means paint won’t stay on for long. If you want to add colour to them, then we recommend having them professionally powder coated. It's easily hammered into most wooden structures and will rust to a deep brown. The hammering of a steel ‘peg’ into a tree will not do any damage to it. It may cause the tree to lose some sap in the short term but will not do any medium or long term damage to it.
All Metalbirds we stock at Blackbird Corner are made in Melbourne, Australia.