Magpie-larks build nests out of mud on large branches and in the forks of tall trees. They are known to build their nests in man-made structures as well. Damplands and boggy areas around the garden can provide nesting material for Magpie-larks. Keep and maintain large trees around the home as they provide suitable habitat for nesting birds.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Home gardens provide plentiful foraging habitat for magpie-larks. They forage for food on the ground and search for prey in the undergrowth of shrubs, tall grasses, and amongst leaflitter and mulch. They have adapted well to foraging for insects and invertebrates living under lawn.
Magpie-larks have a cheeky habitat of accepting food offered by well-intentioned residents. Offering backyard wildlife food is not recommended. If you must, research the best methods of providing magpie-larks food without risking their health. Remember, mince and dog food can make them sick!
Providing sources of water
Magpie-larks prefer to live close to water and visit bird baths to drink and bathe. Frog ponds and damplands are popular amongst magpie-larks in search of food, water, and nesting materials.
Magpie-larks help to control pest species within the ecosystem. Visit BirdLife Australia to learn more about our native birds. If you have seen one in your neighbourhood or around the home you can record your sighting on Birdata and help scientists monitor their population.