THE mad butcherbird of Concord West will strike when you least expect it — and Nicola Rutzou has the scratches to prove it.
Terrorising cyclists and commuters on the King St side of Concord West station, the bird is protecting a nest in the nearby area.
Ms Rutzou said her first encounter with the bloodthirsty bird was last Monday morning.
“I was riding along enjoying the beautiful day, when bang, it hit me from behind quite hard across my chin and drew blood from three separate small cuts,” Ms Rutzou said.
“I got home and posted a photo on Facebook and was besieged by comments from fellow cyclists who have been victim to the same vicious bird.”
She said she reported the bird to Canada Bay Council but to no avail.