Magpie: The eye attacker!

The black and white magpie is widely considered one of the most intelligent animals in the world and one of the only nonmammal species able to recognize itself in a mirror test. Magpies have lived in close association with humans for centuries. They have unusually long tails (at least half of their body length) and short, rounded wings. The feathers of the tail and wings are iridescent, reflecting a bronzy-green to purple. They have white bellies and shoulder patches and their wings flash white in flight. Like other corvids, they are very vocal, even boisterous. Typical calls include a whining “maag” and a series of loud, harsh “chuck” notes. 

Magpies build huge, domed nests. In the winter when deciduous trees are bare, the large nests are easily seen. 

Magpies can cause substantial damage locally to crops such as almonds, cherries, corn, walnuts, melons, grapes, peaches, wheat, figs, and milo. Their damage is probably greatest in areas where insects and wild mast are relatively unavailable. 

Magpies are often found near livestock where they feed on dung-and carrion-associated insects. They also forage for ticks and other insects on the backs of domestic animals. Perhaps the most notorious magpie behavior is the picking of open wounds and scabs on the backs of livestock. If they find an open wound, such as that from a new brand, they may pick at it until they create a much larger wound. The wound may eventually become infected and, in some instances, may kill the animal. Magpies, like ravens, may peck the eyes out of newborn or sick livestock.

Magpies rob wild bird and poultry nests of eggs and hatchlings. They can be very destructive to poultry, especially during the nesting season when magpie parents are gathering food for their young. Magpie roosts can be a nuisance because of excessive noise and the odor associated with droppings.

Magpies have caused physical damages to humans. The extent of damage has left people blind!

Surge in eye injuries as Melbourne magpies go on attack spree  

Australian Associated Press – Thu 19 Oct 2017 03.54 BST

Hospital issues warning as ‘extraordinary’ spate of bird-inflicted injuries include a penetrated eye that required surgery

A penetrated eye that needed surgery is just one of an “extraordinary” spate of magpie-inflicted injuries in Melbourne, and one hospital has issued a warning about the swooping birds.

The number of eye injuries caused by the bird has risen significantly, according to the emergency director of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear hospital, Dr Carmel Crock.

“Normally, we might see one or two a month,” she told ABC radio on Thursday. “But in July we saw 14 cases of bird eye injuries. August there were 12.

“In the last week, we saw five in the one day, including a penetrating eye injury that needed to go to theatre.”

Many attacks took place in Lonsdale Street, Punt Road, Lygon Street and Heffernan Lane in the CBD, Crock said.

Magpie put down after attacking Perth boys

September 14, 2017 

A MAGPIE that attacked two young boys in a popular Perth park, causing serious damage to one child’s eye, has been destroyed.

Both toddlers were rushed to hospital by their parents on Sunday after they were swooped by the same male native bird a few hours apart at Whiteman Park in Perth’s north.

One-year-old Jacob Gale underwent emergency surgery on his left eye after the bird punctured his eyeball with its beak.

“They’ve had to remove the lens of the eye because it’s damaged,” Jacob’s father Adam Gale told Channel 7 News.

Until Jacob can communicate, doctors won’t know if his son has suffered long-term sight damage, he said.

Despite being swooped twice, three-year-old Bodee White suffered no permanent damage from scratches inflicted to his face and eyeball.

Vicious magpie attack leaves girl half blind after the angry bird pecked her left eye as she rode her bike at a park

By Belinda Cleary For Daily Mail Australia

PUBLISHED: 06:51 BST, 14 October 2016

A seven-year-old girl has lost all sight in her left eye after a vicious magpie attack at the beginning of swooping season.

Imogen Liddell and her mum Jodi wanted to ‘get out of the house’ last month and decided to go on a bike ride together at a park in North Rockhampton, in central Queensland, before she was attacked by the angry magpie.

‘We were riding and the bird came behind me and then came into my eye,’ Imogen told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Blood came out of my eye and then a boy took us to his mother who took us home so we could call an ambulance.’ 

Imogen’s mother Jodi told Daily Mail Australia she was less than five meters behind her daughter when she watched the attack unfold.

Many conventional methods are used to stop the menace caused by these birds. Nets are used to prevent the entry of the starlings in human dwellings. Bird nets made of nylon or fiber can be spread along with screws and hooks over the house roof to trap the birds. A major disadvantage of this technique is that the pigeons can peck the net and break free. Thus, it does not offer a permanent solution. Sound deterrents that available in the market make different kinds of sounds such as those of gunshot, hawk sounds, and firecrackers to scare away the pigeons. The disadvantage of sound deterrents is that their continuous exposure can be a nuisance to the humans. Bird spikes are used to prevent birds, but other non-target animals get hurt when they come across these spikes. Improper installation of the of the spikes is ineffective and highly dangerous. The biggest disadvantage of using bird spikes is that their installation may cause a considerable amount of damage to the property. Bird gel is dangerous when children and pets are around the area where it is used. There is a possibility of the children and pets getting stuck to the bird gel.

When these methods have proved to be ineffective, is there an alternative to keep birds away from human dwellings?

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