Molly the magpie isn’t exactly barking up the wrong tree.
But she has developed an unusual trait after becoming best friends with Peggy the English staffy.
The magpie, after spending much of her life in the company of Peggy, appears to mimic the sound of a dog’s bark when cawing, as seen in the video above.
Gold Coast woman Juliette Wells adopted the bird after coming across her as a chick at a park while walking Peggy.
She was clearly unwell but her parents “weren’t interested in having anything to do with her”, Wells said.
She and her partner Reece Mortensen took Molly home with the intention of nursing her back to health.
“Two weeks later, Peggy was producing milk for this baby magpie and the magpie was drinking the milk,” Wells told 7NEWS.
From there, Molly and Peggy developed something of a mother-daughter relationship, where the pet dog was “very protective” of the young bird.
“It’s almost like they’re best friends as well. They’re inseparable,” Wells said.
“It really blew me away.
“One day I looked down and the two of them were just lying together on the floor. Since then, they would just snuggle.”
“It’s just beautiful.”
And the relationship continues to thrive against the odds, after Peggy recently gave birth to five pups.
“We were a bit worried about bringing pups into this relationship, because we didn’t know if Molly was going to freak out and disappear,” Wells said.
“It’s gone the other way and they’ve grown closer through the whole process.”