A Magpie stole gold from a Miser who said the Magpie should die for stealing. Magpie said the Miser is more guilty for secreting, not using, the gold. Wealth not used is wealth wasted.
A Jackdaw and Magpie vied for importance at the Eagle’s court. Asked which took precedence, the Eagle said that the greater fool would be. Only fools try to be self-important.
The Birds wanted a king and the Peacock applied. He was almost elected due to his beauty but a Magpie asked practical questions. Peacock failed. Kings must be suited for the job and not just a vain pretender.