Subject: magpie-lark
From: Kevin and Lizzie <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:27:42 +1030
This amusing "study" on YouTube certainly suggests it's something about the
bike helmet rather than the intruder which provokes magpies.  Certainly they
go for my white one with a vengeance.

NB If you value your sanity, you are advised to avoid looking
at the comments posted below the video.

Kevin Stracey
North Adelaide

On 18 October 2011 11:00, Colin R <> wrote:

> Add Grey Butcherbird to the list!
> A male attacked me on my bike once on a Friday and then twice on the
> following Friday (morning & afternoon). Although I ride under his perch
> virtually every week day he hasn't approached me since.
> At the moment I am wearing a red scarf under my helmet and the end pokes
> out the back - he seemed to focus on that area whereas the magpies that
> occasionally have a go just hit the top of the helmet.
> Cheers
> Colin
> On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:13 AM, "Steve Clark"
> <> wrote:
> > Re Magpie-larks attacking.
> >
> > 1. It seems to be a rare but not unknown phenomenon
> > 2. Vinyl jackets and football scarves seem to be triggers
> > 3. HANZAB mentions it albeit briefly
> > 4. My bird has the decency to scream before it launches its attack
> > 5. Why, after 15 years of riding under the same nest tree, did I
> > suddenly get attacked yesterday (and today)?  A new male has arrived
> > perhaps?
> >
> > I reckon there are some really interesting science, genetics,
> > inheritance type questions here for some young PhD student to
> > investigate.
> >
> > Cheers
> > Steve
> > Hamilton, Victoria
> > ===============================

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