Magpie-lark demanding food

To: Peter Shute <>
Subject: Magpie-lark demanding food
From: Sonja Ross <>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:24:02 +0000
Interestingly I saw this sort of behaviour yesterday but assumed that I was
in the way, rather than that it expected to be fed i.e. it had its eye on
something close to the seat I was sitting on and wanted me to go so that it
could get it.   Your assumption is probably just as likely though!

On 9 March 2017 at 17:23, Peter Shute <> wrote:

> On the way home tonight, I crossed a small park in Melbourne and watched a
> Magpie-lark standing on the ground about a metre from a couple sitting on a
> seat, calling loudly right at them. It wandered aimlessly for a few
> seconds, then stood facing them and gave them another blast.
> Lots of people would eat lunch in that park, so I assume it might have
> learned that this earns it a bit of the victim's lunch.
> Has anyone else seen this behaviour?
> Peter Shute
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