Grey Butcher Bird Attacks

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Subject: Grey Butcher Bird Attacks
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 22:10:07 +1000
Not relevant and I apologise.  But I can't resist:

Some years ago, a Pied Butcherbird 'shouted' me lunch at the Colmslie Hotel
(Morningside, Brisbane).  My wife got out of the car at the hotel entrance,
and I then parked the car.  Walking back, and Butch attacked from behind and
drew blood.  (Had a young one in the garden.)  Mate joined in, but once I
knew they were there they couldn't lay a beak on me.  (But nor could I lay a
fist on them!)

When I came to pay for our meal, the hotel insisted that they would not
accept any payment.  They knew the baby butcherbird was in garden and that
the parents sometimes attacked, but they didn't want to chase the baby.



> From: "Philip Veerman" <>
> Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:14:36 +1100
> To: <>, <>
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Grey Butcher Bird Attacks
> I am not certain how typical. I have been bitten in the face by a Pied
> Butcherbird when I approached close to recently fledged young. So in
> combination with the closely related Magpie and Pied Currawong that can
> do the same (although I've not known Currawongs to make contact when
> attacking), it is not so surprising. You have not mentioned about
> whether it has a nest nearby. 


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