What type of bird is similar to a magpie only smaller and with skinny legs?
NO TERM shows the percentage of respondents who do not have a term for this item.
OTHER TERMS shows the percentage of respondents who wrote in terms for this item, with fewer than five respondents mentioning this term in the survey.
MULTIPLE TERMS shows the percentage of respondents who selected more than one term that they use for this item.
*As respondents could select more than one term they used, the percentages will not add up to 100%, but will instead exceed that total.
The dots represent term usage by respondent postcode. The size of the dot is determined by the percentage of respondents from that postcode selected each term: i.e., the larger the dot, the higher the percentage of respondents from that area who selected a particular term.
Results by state
The data show that PEEWEE is the preferred term for respondents from ACT, NSW, NT, and QLD. MURRAY MAGPIE is the preferred term for respondents from SA. Respondents from TAS, VIC, and WA listed NO TERM more often than any other term. MAGPIE LARK was mentioned most often by respondents from NT, VIC, and WA, while MUDLARK was used by respondents from VIC and WA. Respondents from NT and ACT had the fewest number of terms for this bird, while respondents from QLD, VIC, and WA had the greatest diversity of terms for this bird.
The high rate of NO TERM for TAS respondents is most likely due to the fact that the bird is not found in Tasmania. Below is a map showing the distribution of the bird across Australia.
Distribution map of the magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca). Birddata: Atlas Distributions Maps: Magpie-lark, Birdlife Australia Schodde, R.; Mason, I.J. (1999). Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines. CSRO. p. 509. ISBN 0-643-06456-7.
Results by age group
Respondents were divided into three age groups:
- Younger: 18-29 years old
- Middle: 30-49 years old
- Older: 50+ years old
Across Australia, the most frequently mentioned term for older respondents was PEEWEE, however, this has been replaced by NO TERM for younger respondents.
Results by age group for each state
Respondents from all states except NT and TAS an increase in NO TERM for younger respondents, with a decrease in the state’s preferred term. In TAS, respondents’ term use did not change across all three age groups – this is most likely due to the fact that the bird is not found in Tasmania.
Results by gender
The results were closely evenly distributed by gender.
Results by region
Rural and urban are defined here using the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), which is used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify areas based on level of remoteness. ‘Urban’ here is defined as postcodes listed as RA1 (urban) areas. ‘Rural’ here is defined as postcodes listed as RA2-RA5 (inner regional – very remote) areas. To find out what remoteness level your postcode is classified as by clicking here.
Urban respondents were less likely to have a name for this bird, while rural respondents were more likely to call it a PEEWEE.