Can anybody explain this magpie behaviour please?

To: "" <>, Mark Clayton <>
Subject: Can anybody explain this magpie behaviour please?
From: Charmian Lawson <>
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 21:27:36 +0000
Thank you very much for the replies. I appreciated your taking the time to answer my query.
The cockatoo had a slight curl to its lower beak which may have been the beginnings I suppose of beak and feather though he was in much better shape visually than some of the others I have seen here over the years. The poor thing was back yesterday, suffering badly from the heat, but again, recovered after a thorough misting and rest in the shade (I was able to pick him up off the ground in a towel and move him out of the sun) he flew away. However, I do not think it will survive the next several days.
On a brighter note, we had a pair of GangGangs visit for a short time this morning – haven’t seen any for months.
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2019 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Can anybody explain this magpie behaviour please?

Like most of the replies, any Sulphur-crested Cockatoo that arrives in my yard with parrot beak and feather disease gets mercilessly harassed by the local magpies. The maggies obviously and instinctively seem to know that the cocky has some sort of problem.


On 26/12/2019 9:16 pm, Alison wrote:

I too have had cockatoos with beak and feather disease, but they weren’t bothered by any of my local magpies.




From: John Bundock []
Sent: Thursday, 26 December 2019 7:33 PM
To: Michael Lenz; Charmian Lawson
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Can anybody explain this magpie behaviour please?


We also had a sulphur-crested cocky with beak and feather disease in our garden. It was harassed by magpies, magpie larks, currawongs and noisy miners.


John Bundock


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