Attack by Friarbird.
"Judy Leitch" <>
Fri, 10 Sep 2010 13:05:50 +1000
Not attacking humans, but last summer I had White-faced Herons nesting about
3m above Little Friarbirds who were nesting in the same tree. The Little
Friarbirds would start attacking the herons from dawn to dusk - all day
every day until the friarbird nestlings fledged. The attack noises from the
friarbirds before each assault also began at dawn. It appears the same
scenario will happen this breeding season as both the herons and Little
Friarbirds are frequenting the same tree again. I'm sure the attacks were
responsible in part for the fact that only one of the four heron chicks
survived to maturity.
On Behalf Of Del Richards
Sent: Friday, 10 September 2010 11:57 AM
Subject: Attack by Friarbird.
Every month I am involved in "Bird Talkback" on ABC Far North in Cairns.
The programme has been running over three years with a developing local
Last week the host was reading the newspaper on her back deck and
without warning had a Helmeted Friarbird attack her (head and hair) and drew
blood on her cheek. We are unable to ascertain any motive for the attack.
I would be appreciative if any other birders have any such records with
Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.
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