Do Blackbirds swoop humans?

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Subject: Do Blackbirds swoop humans?
From: Trevor Hampel <>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 19:39:36 +0930
Hi there birders,

I had an interesting question on my birding blog yesterday. A reader from Adelaide asked "Do Blackbirds swoop people?"

I had to reply no - not in my experience and I've never heard of anyone else experiencing or seeing this. A search on the net revealed nothing. A read through the entry on Blackbirds in HANZAB has no mention of such behaviour.

Does anyone have any comments on this?

As a result of this question I have written an article on my birding blog about aggressive behaviour in birds and how to deal with it if it is directed at humans. I would invite readers of Birding-Aus to read the article and comment in the comments section. Thanks in anticipation.

The link is

Happy birding - and don't forget to duck that swooping magpie!!


Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Australia

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