We have a lot of birds in Australia, over 370 different species live in and around Brisbane alone, who knows how many different kinds we have across the whole country.
Some though are, shall we say, a sandwich short of a picnic. Or, as we are talking about our feathered friends, a bit ‘one flew over the Cuckoo’s nest’.
Do I need to be blunt? Okay. Some are very much like what they eat.
Let’s take a look back then at the top five mad birds of Australia; let the countdown begin:
5. The Kookaburra
The kookaburra is obviously quite mad, who laughs like that? And when one laughs, they all start laughing! You can see my video of a kookaburra in my post Bird Watching in Brisbane and there is also a link to another post where you can listen to that totally insane group laughter.
4. The Ibis
The Ibis is obviously mad because it looks mad and it walks mad, therefore it must be mad. We get the Australian White Ibis in these parts, and you can read more about them in my post When Ibis Attack!
3. Mad Noisy Bird
I have no idea what kind of bird this one was, but I do know for sure it was mad. Maybe not mad though, maybe this bird simply suffered from a condition and maybe I just needed to be a little more understanding. But I’m not sure, do birds get Tourette’s? Check it out for yourself in my post Oh No! Trouble with the Neighbours. I couldn’t identify this bird, maybe you can?
2. Brush Turkey
Whether you call him a Brushturkey, Australian Brush-turkey, Scrub Turkey, Bush Turkey or Alectura Lathami, it doesn’t matter. He’s mad! Always tidying up, building piles, busying himself around, totally insane. Or is he one of the smartest birds on the planet? There’s a reason why he builds his nest with such precision, find out in my post Who’s This Little Hoarder Ripping Up My Shrub?
1. The Australian Magpie
Not just mad, psychotically aggressive! Every year it’s the same, they think we are trying to steal their babies so they attack our heads! They attacked my head! I video it, watch it on my post Swooping Magpies: How Stupid Are They?
So, really, is that the top five mad birds of Australia?
No, there’s one more little birdie you’ve yet to meet, and this one would sooner kill you than invite you in for a merry singsong.
Now, who do we know that is mad enough to come face-to-face with a cassowary? Ah yes, of course, that mad Doctor Leahy…
To get a real close-up view of the cassowary though, it’s a good idea to be somewhere safe, like behind a sturdy fence. Being trapped in a car doesn’t really offer the same comfort…