Magpie Lark(?) Attacking Children in the Melbourne Suburbs

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Subject: Magpie Lark(?) Attacking Children in the Melbourne Suburbs
From: "Gil Langfield" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 17:47:08 +1000
A neighbour reported to me that her children have been attacked by a
black-and-white bird smaller than a magpie at a very busy corner in the
Melbourne inner suburb of Fitzroy.  She says that other people have been
attacked recently in the same place (in the middle of a cold winter period)
and that the bird "goes for the eyes".

HANZAB Vol 7 on page 145 says "Occasionally swoop at people's heads (Sutton
1928b: Vogelsang 1935; A. M. Dunn), at least once, bird causing eye injuries
(R. H. Loyn)."

Is such behaviour common in Magpie Larks?


Gil Langfield
Melbourne Australia


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