While on the subject of human-bird interactions, I would also like to request
information. I am currently working on a project aimed at identifying current
management strategies and research priorities of problem or nuisance wildlife.
you would expect a major theme has been our beloved and intelligent birds.
Aggressive attacks on humans by magpies has been acknowledged as the most
human-wildlife conflict in Australia, and some great work by Darryl Jones and
"Suburban Wildlife Conflict Group" have led to a greater understanding of this
behaviour and consequences of various management practices. Other problems which
arise include aggressive behaviour from birds expecting handouts of food
(including cassowaries, rails, herons, ibis, emus etc.), roosting in urban
feacal contamination of waterbodies and eating tables, brush turkeys in gardens,
noise etc. etc.
I would be particularly interested in any information regarding negative
interactions with birds (or other wildlife), examples of bird behaviour,
suggestions on how to deal with the particular problem and any references or
If you have any info, please contact me directly at
appreciate any contributions.
Technical Officer - Wildlife Research
Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service
Townsville QLD 4810
Work: (07) 47 225 280
Mobile: 0408 115 082
Fax: (07) 47 225 305
Peter Lansley wrote:
> Hi all,
> at Birds Australia we have had a request for info on magpie/human
> interactions, especially dive-bombing incidents. Details below. I seem to
> recall a thread about this in the last year or two on birding-aus, so maybe
> someone out there can contribute again.
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