Fwd: Birds

To: Tonya Haff <>
Subject: Fwd: Birds
From: martin butterfield <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:42:53 +1100
There are many possible variables in this message.  Noting that Dumaresq St is close to the playing fields where folk may practise golf I wonder if the birds doing the damage are in fact Australian Ravens having stolen golf balls (a common practise of the species) and losing their grip on the dimpled sphere as they pass over the housing. 

Perhaps ask your correspondent to take a snap to resolve the matter?

Personally I tend to have a view that when "bad behaviour" and "birds" occur in the same breath Pied Currawong are often going to be the usual suspects.


On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM, Tonya Haff <> wrote:
Hi all,

This is a question that someone I don't know just emailed me.  He says that he's seen CW attacking car windshields and also windows, in large numbers.  In a subsequent email he said that that they use rocks (maybe drop rocks?).  I'm not quite sure how to respond - I think he's being serious.  I've never even seen CW attack mirrors or reflections, as the magpie-larks outside my house do with about 20% of their time, as far as I can tell.  Any thoughts?



Here's the message:

Hi Tonya,

I am very interested in your study about the birds. I would like to ask you a question and hope that you can help. A few months ago my car was attack by currawongs, who in the mornings like to make lots of noise and play in group in front of my garden. Anywaymy windscreen of car wad damage and broken and so was 4 other cars near my house (I live in Dumaresq street Dickson). Can you explain the reasons as so why they broke the windscreens and how to control them? Thank you so much.


Tonya Haff
PhD candidate
Evolution, Ecology and Genetics
Research School of Biology
Australian National University
Lab: +61-2-6125-5651

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the list contact David McDonald, list manager, phone (02) 6231 8904 or email . If you can not contact David McDonald e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU