Birds behaving badly

It is difficult not to notice birds when they are directly interacting with humans. There are a number of bird species that have adapted well to human habitats and are creating problems, either to humans or to other animals.

Why do some birds behave badly?

Favourable aspects of the human habitat can trigger either changes in behaviour or increases in the abundance of the problem species. Sometimes the problems these birds cause are only of nuisance value to humans, such as very noisy species (e.g. the Common Koel). Other problems can be more serious, such as significant damage to property (e.g. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos), gardens and/or commercial crops or the disruption and/or displacement of other species (e.g. Noisy Miners).

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Some birds who behave badly include:


Scientific Name: Alectura lathami
Scientific Name: Cracticus tibicen
Scientific Name: Threskiornis molucca
Scientific Name: Manorina melanophrys
Scientific Name: Turdus merula
Scientific Name: Acridotheres tristis
Scientific Name: Sturnus vulgaris
Scientific Name: Eudynamys orientalis
Scientific Name: Manorina melanocephala
Scientific Name: Strepera graculina
Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Scientific Name: Cacatua galerita
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