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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Cracticidae.


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  • None of the birds equal the songsters of Europe, although many have sweet notes, and some are musical, as the magpie (_Gymnorhina organicum_, Gould), that lively bird whose cheerful notes delight the ear of every traveller at early dawn in the settled districts of Tasmania, to which it is restricted.

    The History of Tasmania, Volume I

  • A pretty little green bird called a greenie or chickowee used to be officially Meliphaga and is now Lichenostomus, and three species of Australian magpies, because they were found to interbreed, are now one species with the old specific names retained as varietal names, so that South Australia's emblem, the white-backed magpie, maggie to his friends, is in full dress Gymnorhina tibicens hypoleuca.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 1


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