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MessaggioOggetto: Gazza Ladra - Pica Pica   Lun 31 Gen 2011 - 8:23

FONTE : http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pica_pica

La gazza o gazza ladra (Pica pica, Linnaeus 1758) è un uccello della famiglia dei corvidi.

Descrizione [modifica]

Il suo piumaggio è bianco e nero e ha dei riflessi che possono variare, a seconda della luce, dal grigio al verde metallico. I sessi non si distinguono esteriormente. Le gazze raggiungono un peso che va dai 200 ai 250 g e sono generalmente lunghe circa 45 cm.
Rappresentazioni artistiche [modifica]

La gazza è stata artisticamente immortalata dal noto pittore cinese della Dinastia Song Cui Bai, che nel 1061 dipinse la famosa tela La lepre e due gazze.
Mitologia [modifica]

Nella mitologia germanica la gazza era la messaggera degli dei ed anche l’uccello della dea della morte Hel e per tale ragione venne creduta uccello del malaugurio. Nel medioevo, in Germania, veniva considerata uccello delle streghe ed anche uccello del patibolo.[1]

La fama di ladre che portano le gazze è del tutto ingiustificata[senza fonte]. Le gazze sono attratte dagli oggetti luccicanti, cosa che hanno in comune con molti uccelli rapaci. La fama di ladre, la si può riscontrare anche nella famosa opera di Gioacchino Rossini, La gazza ladra (1817). La loro fama forse è da attribuirsi al fatto che spesso sono state osservate mentre nascondevano oggetti metallici, o forse perché per natura depredano i nidi degli altri uccelli.

Tra le specie avicole le gazze si contraddistinguono per essere particolarmente intelligenti. Insieme all'uomo, ai primati, ai corvi e ai delfini è uno degli animali in grado di riconoscersi in uno specchio (cosiddetto autoriconoscimento).[senza fonte]
Sistematica [modifica]

Pica pica ha nove sottospecie:

* Pica pica
o Pica pica galliae
* Pica pica melanotos
* Pica pica fennorum
* Pica pica mauritanica
* Pica pica asirensis
* Pica pica bactriana
o Pica pica hemileucoptera
o Pica pica leucoptera
* Pica pica sericea
* Pica pica bottanensis
* Pica pica camtschatica

Biologia [modifica]
Alimentazione [modifica]

Le gazze si nutrono di carogne, frutti, ragni, insetti, ma anche di uova e nidiacei di altri uccelli.
Riproduzione [modifica]

Le gazze covano nei loro nidi costruiti sugli alberi, [non chiaro] e da lontano si comportano come fossero esaminati. Depongono dalle 4 alle 8 uova per volta. I genitori si curano della prole per 22-24 giorni, dopodiché i piccoli diventano atti al volo.

Il nido delle foto, utilizzato in questa sezione come esempio, si trovava nel territorio di Cugnoli su una quercia, a circa 20 metri dal suolo, quando è stato abbattuto dal vento. Come è possibile osservare nella prima foto, il nido era costituito da due parti:

* La coppa, costituita da un intreccio di ramoscelli tenuti insieme da fango e rivestita internamente con uno strato di sottili fili di erba (cerchiata in rosso nella foto numero 1).

* La copertura, costituita solo da ramoscelli intrecciati.

La coppa ha un peso di 3,2 kg, un diametro interno di 20 cm ed un diametro esterno di 26 cm; pertanto la parete di fango ha uno spessore medio di 3 cm.

I ramoscelli che circondano la coppa hanno lo scopo di ancorare la struttura ai rami della pianta che ospita il nido; essi sono lunghi dai 60 agli 80 cm, pertanto vengono posati in stretta collaborazione tra il maschio e la femmina: uno tiene in posizione il ramocello da sistemare e l'altro provvede ad intrecciarlo con gli altri ramoscelli del nido e con i rami dell'albero.
Note [modifica]

1. ^ Wikipedia.de

Bibliografia [modifica]

* BirdLife International 2008. Pica pica. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Versione 2010.1
* Gerhard Kooiker und Claudia Verena Buckow: Die Elster. Ein Rabenvogel im Visier. 144 S.; Aula, Wiesbaden 1999, ISBN 3-89104-633-2




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MessaggioOggetto: Re: Gazza Ladra - Pica Pica   Lun 31 Gen 2011 - 8:23

FONTE articolo: http://www.pikaia.eu/easyne2/LYT.aspx?IDLYT=425&Code=Pikaia&ST=SQL&SQL=ID_Documento=4010


Le gazze ladre (Pica pica) sono in grado di riconoscere se stesse allo specchio: questa è la straordinaria conclusione di un interessante studio sperimentale recentemente pubblicato sulla rivista ad accesso libero PLoS Biology. Questi uccelli si aggiungono dunque all'elenco delle specie che la scienza ha accertato essere in possesso di tale abilità, elenco che comprende le grandi scimmie antropomorfe, i delfini e gli elefanti, tutti appartenenti alla classe dei mammiferi.

I ricercatori della Goethe-Universität di Francoforte e della Ruhr-Universität di Bochum sono pervenuti a questa conclusione mediante un semplice disegno sperimentale. Sul corpo degli individui oggetto di studio sono stati posizionati dei contrassegni che potevano essere visualizzati dalle gazze solamente mediante il riflesso di uno specchio. Gli uccelli sono stati poi chiamati ad eseguire alcune azioni verso il contrassegno, come ad esempio quella di toccarlo con una zampa.

In tutti i casi le gazze hanno dimostrato di riconoscere come propria l'immagine dell'individuo che compariva nello specchio: per la prima volta viene inequivocabilmente dimostrato che nel regno animali i mammiferi non sono i soli ad avere la capacità di autoriconoscimento.

Questo risultato è ancora più sorpendente se si considera che il cervello degli uccelli è privo della neocorteccia, quella porzione della corteccia cerebrale che si ritiene sia adibita allo svolgimento di tutte le facoltà intellettive superiori. Nei mammiferi questa struttura è infatti la sede delle funzioni di apprendimento e memoria (nella nostra specie anche del linguaggio), oltre che della capacità di autoriconoscersi. La sede di questa abilità andrà dunque ricercata in altri distretti del cervello degli uccelli.

Differenti strutture cerebrali adibite alle stesse funzioni: questo indica che le componenti essenziali dell'autoriconoscimento nei mammiferi e negli uccelli si sono evolute indipendentemente lungo linee evolutive separate.

Andrea Romano

Riferimenti:
Prior et al. Mirror-Induced Behavior in the Magpie (Pica pica): Evidence of Self-Recognition. PLoS Biology, 2008; 6 (Cool: e202 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060202
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MessaggioOggetto: Re: Gazza Ladra - Pica Pica   Lun 31 Gen 2011 - 8:25

reference: http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.0060202

Results and Discussion Top
Open Mirror Test

In baseline trials with a nonreflective plate, there was no remarkable behavior in front of the plate in any of the individuals. With a mirror, the behavior of the magpies clearly differed. Initial exploration of the mirror was characterized by approaches towards the mirror and looks behind the mirror. Also, social behavior occurred, such as aggressive displays towards the mirror and jumping towards the mirror as in a fight. In three individuals, Gerti, Goldie, and Schatzi, social behaviors were transient, i.e., they were reduced already on the second exposure or completely ceased to occur. In the other two birds, Harvey and Lilly, social behaviors, in particular aggressive and submissive displays, continued to be frequent. On several trials, Harvey also picked up little, but conspicuous, objects and posed, accompanied by wing-flipping, in front of the mirror holding the objects in the beak. This courtship-like behavior vanished after a few trials, and was never seen on later tests, which were characterized by aggressive displays. In the open mirror experiment, however, mainly two of the birds (Goldie and Harvey) took part, whereas the other three birds only occasionally visited the location of the mirror. Therefore, we proceeded with a highly standardized protocol for mirror exploration.
Mirror Preference and Standardized Mirror Exploration

In these tests, birds could choose between two identical compartments of a cage, one equipped with a mirror and the other with a nonreflective plate instead of the mirror. Table 1 gives the time the birds spent with view on the mirror and shows how many bouts of close inspection of the mirror, of looks behind the mirror, of contingent behavior, and of social behavior were displayed by the birds. Three of the individuals (Gerti, Goldie, and Schatzi) spent a considerable amount of time in the compartment with the mirror, whereas the two other birds (Lilly and Harvey) appeared to avoid the compartment with the mirror. In the three birds with a preference for the mirror, behavior was characterized by close visual exploration of the mirror image (see Video S1 for an example). In addition, Gerti and Schatzi repeatedly looked behind the mirror and showed several bouts of behavior indicating contingency testing. Subjects moved their head or the whole body back and forth in front of the mirror in a systematic way (see Videos S2 and S3 for examples). In Goldie, contingent behavior was not demonstrated in this test, but demonstrated later in the mark test (see Video S4). Harvey and Lilly never showed any hint of such behavior. It is noteworthy that those birds that had a high interest in the mirror and also showed social displays only in the first tests were those that showed at least some evidence of self-directed behavior on later tests.



FONTE: http://www.plosbiology.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pbio.0060202.g002&representation=PNG_M

(A) Attempt to reach the mark with the beak; (B) touching the mark area with the foot; (C) touching the breast region outside the marked area; (D) touching other parts of the body. Behaviors (A) and (B) entered the analysis as mark-directed behavior; behaviors (C) and (D) and similar actions towards other parts of the body were considered self-directed, but not related to the mark.
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MessaggioOggetto: Re: Gazza Ladra - Pica Pica   Lun 31 Gen 2011 - 22:05

Buona sera a tutti,

Admin ho trovato un documento di wikipedia inglese (di cui riporto solo uno stralcio per approfondimenti se ne consiglia la visione alla fonte originale) molto interessante dove, oltre alla parte legata alle caratteristiche, vengono trattati molti riferimenti alle superstizioni ed al folklore legato a questo esemplare alato.

Ad esempio:
In Asia la gazza è associata spesso all'ospitalità e alla buona fortuna.
In Scozia, una gazza vicino alla finestra della casa predice la morte.
In Corea, si ritiene che un ospite arriverà quando si sente il grido di una gazza.
In Cina la gazza è uno degli uccelli più popolari, ed è visto come il messaggero di buone notizie e fortuna.

Buona lettura!

FONTE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Magpie

European Magpie
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The European Magpie, also Eurasian Magpie and Common Magpie (Pica pica), is a resident breeding bird throughout Europe, much of Asia and northwest Africa. It is one of several birds in the crow family named as magpies, and belongs to the Holarctic radiation of "monochrome" magpies.

In Europe, "Magpie" is used by English speakers as a synonym for the European Magpie; it is the only magpie in Europe outside the Iberian Peninsula.

The European Magpie is 44–46 centimetres (17–18 in) in length - in the adult over 50% of this is tail - and a wingspan of 52–62 centimetres (20–24 in).[1] Its head, neck and breast are glossy black with a metallic green and violet sheen; the belly and scapulars (shoulder feathers) are pure white; the wings are black glossed with green or purple, and the primaries have white inner webs, conspicuous when the wing is open. The graduated tail is black, shot with bronze-green and other iridescent colours. The legs and bill are black.

The young resemble the adults, but are at first without much of the gloss on the sooty plumage. The male is slightly larger than the female.[1]

There are numerous subspecies. The northwest African race differs in having a patch of blue bare skin around the eye, no white patch on the rump and an unglossed tail. The southwest Arabian race differs in being smaller, with dull black plumage lacking iridescent tones, and minimal white in the wings. The Siberian races have more extensive white in the wings, and brilliant green iridescence; Korean birds have a purple gloss instead and relatively longer wings and a shorter tail.

Analysis of mtDNA sequences[2] has indicated that the Korean race, P. pica sericea, is very distinct from the other Eurasian forms, and may be a separate species. The North American Black-billed Magpie which looks almost identical to the Eurasian form and was previously considered conspecific is genetically closer to the Yellow-billed Magpie. The main Eurasian lineages of this astoundingly variable species have not been sufficiently sampled to clarify the status of such forms as the northwest African race P. p. mauretanica and the southwest Arabian race P. p. asirensis, which could also be distinct species.

A larger palaeosubspecies of the European Magpie was described as Pica pica major.

Ecology and behaviour

The European Magpie is a distinctive species with its pied plumage, long 20–30 centimetres (8–12 in), graduated tail and loud chatter. When Magpies pass each other in open country, they command attention by rapidly moving their wings and chattering. When the bird lands, the long tail is elevated and is carefully carried clear of the ground.

Like other corvids, such as crows, the Magpie usually walks, but it can also hop quickly sideways with wings slightly opened. The Magpie and the rest of its family are fond of bright objects.[citation needed]

Mirror self-recognition has been demonstrated in European magpies.[3] The magpie is thus one of a small number of species, and the only non-mammal, known to possess this capability.[4]

The Magpie will eat any animal food. These foods include young birds and eggs, insects, scraps and carrion. The bird will also eat acorns, grain and other vegetable substances.

Magpies are common to suburban areas[5] but can be more shy and cautious in country areas. The birds do not avoid humans unless they are harassed. Sometimes the two or more birds display "teasing" behaviour towards animals such as cats. It is thought that this behaviour may be to scare away potential predators and egg thieves.[citation needed]

In winter the Magpie often form groups to feed and roost at night. Early in the year, large numbers collect together for mating in gatherings Charles Darwin described as "marriage meetings".[citation needed]


The magpie has been observed taking small songbirds down in flight. This behaviour was once thought to occur only in birds of prey.[citation needed]

Magpie in culture

Etymology

The common name comes from magot pie (pied Margot), first found[6] in Shakespeare's Macbeth.[7] The scientific name Pica is just the Latin word for Magpie.[8] When Linnaeus first described this species in 1758, he named it Corvus pica.[9]

[edit] Folklore

In European folklore the magpie is associated with a number of superstitions[10] surrounding its reputation as an omen of ill fortune. This reputation may derive from the bird's well-known tendency to "steal" shiny objects or its aggressive behaviour toward favoured songbirds.

In Asia the magpie is associated more often with hospitality and good fortune. The Formosan Blue Magpie is the national bird of Taiwan.

British Isles

* In Britain and Ireland, there are a number of superstitions regarding magpies[11]

* A single magpie is associated with bad luck (see rhymes below)
* One should make sure to greet magpies when they are encountered in order to either allay bad luck or encourage good luck as related to the number of birds and therefore their place in the Magpie poem. Common greetings include "Hello Mr Magpie" "How is your wife/where is your wife?", "Good Morning/Evening Sir" and other marks of respect.
* Upon seeing a lone magpie one should repeat the words "I defy thee" seven times.
* On seeing a lone magpie one should pinch the person they are walking with, if they are alone they are to pinch themselves. The custom in Devon is to spit three times to avert ill luck.
* If a lone Magpie is seen, one should salute it to show you respect it. This formality can be forgone if the Magpie looks directly in your eyes, which shows it respects you.

* In the 19th century book, A Guide to the Scientific Knowledge of Things Familiar, a proverb concerning magpies is recited: "A single magpie in spring, foul weather will bring". The book further explains that this superstition arises from the habits of pairs of magpies to forage together only when the weather is fine.
* An old English folk tale states that when Jesus was crucified on the cross, all of the world's birds wept and sang to comfort him in his agony. The only exception was the magpie, and for this, it is forever cursed.
* In Scotland, a Magpie near the window of the house foretells death.[12]
* In Scottish folklore, in a story possibly related to the above, magpies were long reviled for allegedly carrying a drop of Satan's blood under their tongues.


Continental Europe

* In Norway, the magpie is of ambivalent nature, both considered cunning and thievish, sometimes even wicked and associated with the devil and witchcraft, and at the same time as guardian of the homestead and protector of the household. Magpies were sometimes fed during the winter in order to prevent them from leaving the farm, and a nesting magpie was considered a good omen. A playful and loud bird is also bringer of good weather.
* In both Italian and French folklore, magpies' penchant for picking up shiny items is thought to be particularly directed towards precious ones. Rossini's opera La gazza ladra and The Adventures of Tintin comic Les Bijoux de la Castafiore are based on this theme.
* In Bulgarian, German and Swedish folklore the magpie is also seen as a thief. In Sweden it is further associated with witchcraft.[13]
* In the Middle Ages and during the witch-hunts in Europe, the bird was considered to be connected with witchcraft, just like crows, ravens and black cats.

Asia

* In Korea, it is believed that a guest will arrive when the cry of a magpie is heard.
* In China the magpie is one of the most popular birds and is seen as the messenger of good news and fortune. Its name in Chinese literally means "bird of joy" (喜鹊). Magpies commonly feature in Chinese folktales, the best-known of which is "The Story of Cowherd and Weaver Girl", where they form a bridge for the separated lovers every year on the day of Qixi.
* In Taiwan a indigenous magpie species was recently voted the national bird.

The Magpie rhyme

In Britain and Ireland a widespread traditional rhyme records the myth (it is not clear whether it has been seriously believed) that seeing magpies predicts the future, depending on how many are seen. There are many regional variations on the rhyme, which means that it is impossible to give a definitive version.[11][14]

Version A

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.

In Ireland, it is common to recite "Five for a wedding". (This particular version is used in the Counting Crows song "A Murder of One.")

Version B

One for sorrow
Two for mirth
Three for a funeral
Four for a birth
Five for heaven
Six for hell
Seven's the Devil his own self

The last line may be split and abbreviated as Seven's the De'il / his ane sel', which rhymes. Both versions above feature prominently in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel Carpe Jugulum.

Sometimes (but rarely), three extra lines are added:

Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a bird that you won't want to miss.

or

Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten for a time of Joyous Bliss

as the former is believed to have been written especially for the television show's credits.

Version C

In Yorkshire the Magpie Rhyme is as follows:

One for Sorrow
Two for Joy
Three for a Girl
Four for a Boy
Five for Silver
Six for Gold
Seven for a tale never to be told
Eight you Live
Nine you Die
Ten you eat a bogey pie!

Version D

In Warwickshire the rhyme is:

One brings Sorrow
Two bring Joy
Three a Girl
And Four a Boy
Five bring Want
And Six bring Gold
Seven bring secrets never told
Eight bring wishing
Nine bring kissing
Ten, the love my own heart's missing!

Version E

The version proposed by Maddy Prior in the popular folk song 'Magpie' is as follows;

One for Sorrow
Two for Joy
Three for a Wedding
Four for a Boy
Five for a Fiddler
Six for a Dance
Seven for Old England
and Eight for France

Version F (Manchester)

One for Sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told
Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten a surprise you should be careful not to miss
Eleven for health
Twelve for wealth
Thirteen beware it's the devil himself.

[edit] Popular culture

Popular Stories

A British children's TV show called Magpie featured a theme song based on the "one for sorrow" rhyme, and featured a large cartoon Magpie as its mascot or logo. A magpie named Snipes with a snobbish disposition is a main character in the film Rock-A-Doodle. Heckle and Jeckle, two magpies created by the Terrytoons cartoon studio, were popular on screen and in comic books. One had an English accent, the other a Brooklyn accent. Two magpies resembling the cartoon birds are featured in Windex commercials on TV. Magpie (Margaret Pye) is the name of a villain in DC Comics known for her grating voice and penchant for stealing shiny objects.

Music

La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) is an opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. The very distinct overture is well known, and has been used by the band Marillion. A magpie with a ring in its beak is depicted on several of the band's early albums. Musician Patrick Wolf's song "Magpie", found on The Magic Position, utilizes a version of the magpie rhyme and also references its thieving ways. Magpie is a song by The Mountain Goats, from the album The Sunset Tree. Magpie is also a song by British singer Abraham, from the album Blue For The Most.

Recreation

Two English football clubs, Notts County and Newcastle United are nicknamed "The Magpies" due to their black and white striped playing kits. Notts County's club crest depicts a football on which perch two magpies. Thieving Magpie, named for the Thieving Magpie Overture is a popular card in the trading card game Magic: the Gathering. In target shooting the score for a shot striking the outermost division but one is called a "magpie" because it was signalled by a black and white flag.

Colloquial language

Bishops were formerly called "magpies" in humour or derision because of their black and white vestments.

Lawyers as vultures, had soared up and down; / Prelates, like Magpies, in the Air had flown.--Howell's Letters: Lines to the knowing reader.


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MessaggioOggetto: Re: Gazza Ladra - Pica Pica   Sab 5 Feb 2011 - 18:24

È senz’altro un animale dalla notevole intelligenza ed adattabile.
La sua apparizione nella nostra vita può indicare una maturazione nella conoscenza attraverso un uso adeguato dell’intelligenza.

Come avevamo visto anche nel post precedente la gazza ha un duplice significato, in alcune credenze è portatrice di buona sorte in altre di malaugurio a seconda, addirittura di quante volte viene avvistata e in che numero.

Una delle ragioni di questi giudizi contrastanti deriva dall’antica leggenda secondo cui la gazza fu l’unico uccello che rifiutò di entrare nell’arca di Noè, preferendo restare appollaiata sul tetto.

Da questa leggenda ha origine una superstizione che se la gazza nidifica sul tetto di una casa quest’ultima non crollerà mai.

Possiede una volontà propria e sa bene come servirsi dei suoi simili e degli altri animali.


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Nel documento che segue vedremo altre qualità della gazza ladra, come ad esempio è percettiva, comunicativa, socievole, espressiva.

La sua grande capacità comunicativa può farci intendere che dobbiamo esprimere le nostre opinioni ed essere creativi con le parole…

FONTE: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/magpie-symbolic-meanings.html

Magpie symbolic meanings are numerous and varied. This stands to reason because the magpie herself is a varied creature. Her colorful character is a delight to observe with symbolic eyes because she is so unpredictable, high-spirited and expressive.

When we observe the magpie's behaviors in nature, we can pick out many strong symbolic messages.

Among her many common attributes, here are a few magpie symbolic meanings:

Quick List of symbolic traits of the magpie:

* opportunistic
* intellect
* perceptive
* flashy
* refined
* communicative
* social
* deceptive
* illusion
* expressive
* willful

The magpie's speech is symbolic of communication and creative expression. When we hear the magpie speak it is a message to us that we might need to listen to what is being spoken to us - listen with more attention. The chatter of the magpie is also a symbolic message that we may need to speak our minds more clearly....speak up, express our opinions, be creative with our spoken words.

The magpie's obsession with shiny things is symbolic of our tendency to chase after false ideas or perceptions. When the magpie comes into our lives it is often a reminder that we may have to re-evaluate our priorities. Are we chasing after unsuitable desires? Are we serving a false ideal? Are we putting materialism ahead of matters of the soul?

The magpie builds its home in the thickest "V" of trees. Forks or V's in nature are symbolic of gateways or paths into the spirit realm. In this fashion, the magpie asks us about our level of spiritual perception. Specifically, the magpie asks to keep an open mind in matters of the spirit. She also asks us where our spiritual foundation is and encourages us to open the gateways of higher (spiritual) vision.

Her plumage is also symbolic. With striking colouration, the magpie is symbolic of flamboyance, expression, and glamour. When we see her, we do a double-take because her appearance commands our attention. This is a message for us to not hide ourselves away from the world. The magpie beckons us to reveal our brilliance (physical and otherwise) to the world. We are each composed of incredible beauty and grace - the magpie is a reminder that we must express these attributes outwardly in a glamorous display just as she does.

And just when we get to know the symbolic meaning of the magpie, she eludes us and leaves us guessing what she's all about. In nature she has been known to be shy and reclusive - yet in cities she is noted to be extremely sociable with humans. Typically, she is a scavenger...but she has also been witnessed taking down small birds and rodents - acting as a bird of prey (which is not her classification).

These and other oddities in her behavior are symbolic of illusion and perception. The magpie's message her is that not all things are what they appear to be, and we should not set our judgements in stone. Further, this aspect of the magpie is a message that we do not have to be bound to perceptions. In other words, we may want to consider departing from our habitual behaviors and avoid being type-caste into a specific role.

In ancient European cultures the magpie is said to predict omens, and there is a type of divination based on the magpie according to an old riddle. I've forgotten how the rhyme goes, but gist of it is according to how many magpies are seen the following will be one's fate:

* One magpie indicates danger
* Two equals joy in union
* Three means good journey
* Four magpies means new beginning
* Five equals company coming
* Six indicates an ending
* Seven magpies is a good omen, carry on with your plans
* Eight magpies suggest a wait period, do not continue with your plans
* Nine magpies speak of love will coming to call on you, or a return of love to your life

Magpie symbolic meanings take on a brighter note in the East, where the Chinese regard the magpie as a good luck symbol, joy, marital bliss, sexual happiness, and long lasting fortune.

When the Chinese hear the cry of a magpie it is said to be an announcement of the arrival of friends and family (click here for other symbolic meanings of Chinese animals).

The ancient Roman's viewed the magpie as a creature of high intellect and reasoning powers. She is also an attribute of Bacchus, the God of wine.

In Native American animal lore, the magpie was also viewed as having intellect. However, more often than not she was faulted for trickery and her intelligence was typically used in deceptive schemes. She cannot be judged too harshly thought because her tricks are always played out with a light-hearted, good-natured intention.

As you can see, the magpie symbolic meanings are as diverse and colorful as the magpie herself. Her messages are many, and she gives them to us with a free and happy heart.




Nel testo che segue scopriremo che la gazza ha la capacità di aprire le porte allo spirito e ai regni delle fate. Consente l’utilizzo della conoscenza occulta, anche se in modo parziale.

FONTE: http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/magpie.htm

Intelligence, Familiars, Occult Knowledge

A Magpie totem helps you use
whatever metaphysical or occult knowledge you have –
no matter how incomplete it may be.
The flip side is that Magpie people can become
jacks of all trades, but masters of none –
dabbling into everything. Be careful to apply your intelligence to the task and take it to its completion.


Magpies have the ability to open up the doorways to the Spirit and Fairy Realms.

Magpies have been familiars to witches and if you have one as a totem,
it might have been your familiar in a past life.
If this is the case, Magpie will be at your side permanently, helping you as it did in the past.
However, again, be careful of using occult power for quick effects
and not taking the time to complete training.
Misuse of magic can have dire consequences.

Some of the information on this webpage was derived from the following sources:
Sans, Jamie & Carson, David. Medicine Cards: the Discovery of Power Through the Way of Animals. Santa Fe, NM. 1988. Print.
Andrews, Ted. Animal-speak: the Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1993. Print.
Andrews, Ted. Animal-Wise: the Spirit Language and Signs of Nature. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1999. Print.
D. J. Conway. Animal Magick: the Art of Recognizing & Working with Familiars. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2003. Print.
Farmer, Steven D. Animal Spirit Guides. Hayhouse Inc., 2006. Print.
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