It’s not a good idea to start feeding Magpie-larks.
Some years ago there was a tame pair of Magpie-larks frequenting the shopping centre mall at Noosa Heads in Qld and there were instances of them attacking people in the face, or the eyes.
I too have had a “tame” bird that we used to feed at home at Beerwah, fly at my face.
The theory is that they are actually attacking their reflections in your eyes. Just a theory, but certainly possible.
Magpie-larks are certainly well-known for attacking their reflections in windows, glass doors etc.
Recently I witnessed a male bird at Mt Ive in S.A. that spent much of his day attacking his reflection in a chromiun plated section of machinery, until I turned it round so he couldn’t see it.
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