Swooping birds are a pain in the bum. Well actually, their most common target is the head and eye.
What damage can they cause?
A 4-year-old boy was left blind in one eye after he was attacked by a magpie (The Australian, 2011). A young girl was blinded in her right eye after a magpie attack (ABC News, 2000). A 47-year-old man came off his bike and landed on the road, suffering head injuries, a broken wrist, a possible broken jaw, and cuts and bruising after being swooped by an aggressive bird (The Age, 2008). An elderly Mildura man collapsed and died in hospital after a swooping bird severely injured his eye (ABC News, 2003). A 12-year-old boy was killed in traffic while trying to evade a swooping magpie in 2010 (Brisbane Times, 2010).
This is no laughing matter.
In fact, these cases are utterly devastating. Studies show that 90 per cent of males and 72 per cent of females have been attacked by a magpie at some time in their life (Flinders University).
Magpies are not the only culprits. Pest birdlife also include Butcher Birds, Crows, Currawongs, Indian Mynas and many other birds can be aggressive and pose a threat to humans.
So what can be done about this problem? The offending bird needs to be removed before it harms you or someone else.
Prior to Naturecall’s introduction of humane trapping methods unfortunately birds would be shot on site. Numerous education and research programs around Australia have been conducted with Naturecall Environmental and we only use humane methods for dealing with these bad-behaving birds.
If you know of a bird problem call Naturecall Environmental today. 1300 319 954