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Resident in small
numbers. An easily recognised, large black and white bird. Local race
is 'White-backed'; males have a pure white back, females are white with
mottled grey upperparts and immature birds look like females but duller,
with a black eye (adult birds have red-brown eyes). Like areas with
trees and open space (grassy, gardens or bare ground). Often in groups.
musical carolling, sometimes at night; short, harsh alarm call; less
Call 2: short, harsh call
Call 3: group calling and warbling
and sounds courtesy Merilyn Browne.