Rooney the Talking Magpie

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This is Rooney, a talking magpie. He has a sweet little voice. NOTE: It is illegal to keep this species in captivity in the United States [1:33]


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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Rooney the Talking Magpie

  1. David Harmon says:

    Oooh, that’s a gorgeous bird — and active! Why are they forbidden — endangered, or just “exotic”?

  2. keeping native bird species as pets in the United States is illegal because they are protected under one or more of the “wild bird acts”. we can and do keep exotic bird species as pets, including European Starlings which have established themselves throughout the USA (you might have watched some of the video i posted of them earlier).
    on the other hand, if this magpie is a European species (it’s difficult for me to tell in this video), then it would be legal to keep as a pet in the USA.

  3. David Harmon says:

    Oy… sounds like the laws have drifted into paradox!