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Our ‘Trump moment’? Magpie edges out the bin chicken for Australia’s Bird of the Year

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Update on this story: the black-and-white menace swooped in just before the Guardian and BirdLife Australia poll closed to take out the hotly contested title ahead of the white ibis by 826 votes.

As you can see from the top 10 tally above, both birds were well ahead of their nearest rival, the kookaburra which earned just 10,953 votes.

On social media, many users questioned why two birds – one best known as the bane of cyclists, walkers and small children everywhere and the other famous for eating out of rubbish bins – came out on top.

BirdLife Australia’s Sean Dooley told the ABC: “They’re incredible birds and they have an amazing vocal range,” he said.

“Magpies are easily tamed and people have a great connection with them. They love to feed them.”

Others weren’t convinced however, with some even labelling the win Australia’s ‘Trump moment’.

I have to agree. Next spring, when you’re being swooped by one of these feathered fiends just remember Australia – you voted for this.

Lauren Broomham

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.


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