It is all black and white

BEWARE: magpie breeding season this year could be the worst ever for attacks.

Get out your helmets and hats with eyes drawn on the back, magpie numbers are on the rise - and that may mean bad news for humans during the breeding season.

A report released by Birds Australia last week outlined the state of Australia's birds, and found while most bird numbers are on the decline, magpie numbers are soaring. The rise has been attributed to the fact that humans take a liking to feeding the birds.

Dr Graeme Hamilton of Birds Australia told the ABC magpies do well in urban areas because of human intervention. “A lot of people love feeding magpies and we seem to be providing with the extra food they need to breed.”

According to Dr Hamilton, more magpies could mean more attacks on people. “If their populations increase in urban areas there will be greater competition among those birds for territory and breeding sites and they will become more agitated and more aggressive and they will see humans as a greater threat during breeding season.”



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