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#4511265 - 09/09/17 01:16 AM Stupidest bird in the world
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
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Australia has this bird called the plover...stupidest bird in the world IMO. They "nest" in short grass, near footpaths, then swoop and carry on when people go near them (*)

Was explaining to my co-workers the other week that every animal appears to have a place in the environment, but these things appear to have no purpose other than being annoying and stupid...I painted an analogy/strawman that they'd be just as likely to nest in a carpark, and then get all uppity.

Was dropping a whole bunch of clothes to St Vincents around lunchtime, entered the carpark, and there was exactly what I'd proposed...Plovers, "nesting" on an asphalt carpark, and getting all squawky at the cars...that little thing to the left is a chick "hiding"



(*) they swoop, coming within feet/inches of your face with their wing spurs, and if they realise that you aren't fearful of that, they drop to the ground and carry a wing like it's broken so that you will follow them and not their nest.

The apologists for these birds consider their nesting behaviour effective at detecting predators...yep sitting in a carpark, that is virtually the opposite colour of yourself gives you a great view of predators...unlike THIS bird, the tawny frogmouth, which I'm quietly confident is also able to see predators.



Edited by Shannow (09/09/17 01:23 AM)
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#4511269 - 09/09/17 01:50 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 17771
Loc: PNW
They've probably been on earth longer than humans, so they can't be too dumb.

Are these birds only native to Oz, like the Budgie?

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#4511270 - 09/09/17 01:56 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
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Loc: 'Stralia
Oz, New Guinea, and New Caledonia...I've read that they used to migrate to siberia, but stopped doing that and settled down...in carparks.

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#4511271 - 09/09/17 01:56 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
Ducked Offline


Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4339
Loc: Taiwan
Arctic Skua do that swooping thing too. Not necessarily nesting, sometimes just for practice

Not so funny, because for them it can be a contact sport, and they are quite big. Also tends to happen on clifftop paths, so if the strike doesn't get you the 100m fall off Sumburgh Head might.





Pretty safe from them here though. In fact there seems an almost complete lack of seabirds. Not even any gulls.

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#4511274 - 09/09/17 02:09 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Ducked]
Shannow Offline


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I've had Aussie Magpies draw blood on me when I was riding to school, laceration behind the right ear...they are nasty. Priest in highschool was walking across the oval, and one lined him up side on, and took him to his knees in one hit...


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#4511291 - 09/09/17 04:30 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
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Registered: 07/23/16
Posts: 1052
Loc: Europe
Brilliant!!! Haven't laughed so much in ages!

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#4511293 - 09/09/17 04:40 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
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I thought the worst bird was the Ibis.
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#4511295 - 09/09/17 04:47 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
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My first guess when I saw this threads title was the magpie. They are pretty dumb and annoying.

With that said, I have to tread lightly here because there might be some Collingwood fans here. No harm intended.
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#4511297 - 09/09/17 05:00 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
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Loc: 'Stralia
Nah, magpies are smart and cunning...unlike Collingwood (I was raised a Bomber's fan, and later had to switch to GWS - although the annual Bombers/Collingwood ANZAC day game was always a good family thing)

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#4511302 - 09/09/17 05:25 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
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Can you eat them? They'd fit in a slow cooker quite nicely.
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#4511305 - 09/09/17 05:31 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: dlundblad]
Shannow Offline


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It's illegal..aside from the Siberian connection, they are native animals.

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#4511309 - 09/09/17 05:36 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
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Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
Stupid is the new Kool!

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#4511322 - 09/09/17 06:10 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: AirgunSavant]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
It always was (to them).

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#4511334 - 09/09/17 06:41 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
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Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32632
Loc: ME
We have "piping plovers" here that are endangered beach creatures. Off-leash dogs are apparently their biggest threat.

I work on a waterfront and we have this juvenile seagull that just stands in a puddle all day. We walk right by him. Tame! I'd mess with him but have been scalped by an angry mama seagull who was defending an invisible (to me) baby.

Coworkers think I'm a geek, being beat up by a bird. There was a second seagull circling during the incident, giving its tacit approval. I think they're a gang!

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#4511367 - 09/09/17 07:54 AM Re: Stupidest bird in the world [Re: Shannow]
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Loc: Minnesota
I think cottontail rabbits only purpose is to feed predators. Drive my dogs nuts and make it hard to take them on walks in early mornings and late evenings. Easy targets for bow and good tasting either fried or baked with stuffing.
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