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Australia's bird of the year is the enemy of children and cyclists


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It wasn’t just Moonlight that swooped in by surprise at an awards ceremony.

Earlier this year, New Zealanders voted for the kea as their favourite bird, a cheeky olive-green parrot. Aussies have opted for a bird that’s the enemy of cyclists, walkers and children everywhere.

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The magpie has been selected as the bird of the year in a poll run by The Guardian, winning with 19,926 votes — 13.3 percent of the vote’s total. 

You wouldn’t call the magpie a charming bird. It’s known for its aggression, especially around mating season in late August to late October, and is notorious for swooping at people that cross its path. Read more…

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