Magpie cuts power to 7000 NZ homes

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A checky magpie cut power to around 7000 New Zealand homes over the weekend.

The incident happened in Wairarapa after a magpie flew into a transformer.

The bird strike affected power to homes in Greytown, Martinborough and surrounding areas in Wairarapa.

A spokesperson for Transpower says the grid fault was restored quickly.

Magpie Facts

Magpie is small to medium-sized bird that belongs to the crow family. There are 15 species of magpie that can be found in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. 

Magpie is easily recognized, black-and-white-colored bird. Upper parts of the body and wings are black-colored with iridescent green, purple and blue sheen. Belly, parts of wings, flanks and ramp are covered with white plumage. Males and females look alike.

Magpie is an omnivore. It consumes grains, berries, nuts and fruit during the winter, eggs, chicks and rodents during the spring and insects during the summer.

Group of magpies is called parliament. They communicate with each other via loud rattling calls.

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