I heard a pretty magpie that sings in the tree
To this, the pretty magpie replied in a thrice:
"Keep away or there may well be blood on the branches
And so unto the magpie I cried in dismay:
Then quoth the surly magpie, its beak in a sneer
"Kindly take no delight in my song of reprisals
©Mal Webb 2001
When my lovely friend Zulya was expressing her love for the warbling of a Magpie, our ornithologist friend Greg said something like "Magpies are evil... you'll hear the prettiest Magpie song just before bites the head off another". Thus the song. This is of course in reference to Australian Magpies and not the totally unrelated European variety, which appear to be far more peaceful critters... although, I could be wrong.....