- a black-and-white pied bird, Grallina cyanoleuca, inhabiting areas near water in Australia and southern New Guinea.
Origin of magpie lark
First recorded in 1885–90
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Note one or two prominent markings, and the size of a bird; say, larger than a Starling, but smaller than a Magpie-Lark.
Its dainty, well-kept plumage renders the Magpie-Lark one of the most graceful of birds.
- a common black-and-white bird of Australia, Grallina cyanoleuca, that builds a mud nestAlso called: peewee
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