Sulphur-crested Cockatoos v. Magpies

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Subject: Sulphur-crested Cockatoos v. Magpies
From: "Shaun Bagley" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 22:55:25 +1000
At about 5:30 PM today heard raucous Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (SCC) calling mixed with Magpies distress calls. Looked up to see several Magpies in pursuit of one SCC though some others were part of the melee. Disappeared into the immediate neighbourhood and I thought no more of it until about 5 minutes later when the same, I presume, party came back overhead in the opposite direction. Only this time there was only one SCC, looking distinctly the worse for wear missing feathers from tail and head, being vigourously pursued by the magpies. As the group disappeared from view, several SCCs and a lone Corella flew into view but not apparently involved in the chase though seeming disturbed nonetheless.
Has anyone any ideas what might have triggered this? It's the first time I've seen hostilities between the species and I would have thought that if the SCCs had stuck together they could have taken out the magpies!
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