Magpie aggression to Crested Pigeons

To: "Cas and Lisa Liber" <>
Subject: Magpie aggression to Crested Pigeons
From: peter crow <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 22:26:49 +1000
Its interesting to hear different opinions of WHY magpies behave as they do. But that is all most are , opinions.

Quoting Kaplan is also interesting as this popular volume contains some science but so far I have been unable to find it.

On 10/12/2007, at 9:52 PM, Cas and Lisa Liber wrote:

 ..or they recognise that Crested pigeons are likely to be targets for
wandering raptors and hence prefer not to have anything likely to attract
said predators to the nesting area. (from Kaplans book on the magpie)

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
Sent: Monday, 10 December 2007 9:32 PM
To: Tom and Mandy Wilson; Birding Aus
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Magpie aggression to Crested Pigeons

They often do that. They probably don't see Crested Pigeons as a threat. They are just aggressive. Three possible reasons, attempted predation, they are showing off their aggression to their magpie family to impress them or that they just like to keep their aggressive behaviour well rehearsed and
finely tuned.


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