As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

'Killer kookaburra confirmed': Man spots terrifying native Australian bird on his roof - which then started pecking at his window

Reddit user posted a picture of a frightening native bird sitting on his roof
The bird is said to have been pecking on the man's kitchen window
According to Birdlife Australia, kookaburra sightings have dropped by 40 per cent

PUBLISHED: 06:17, 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:33, 22 October 2015

A menacing kookaburra with beady, black eyes has terrified a couple by perching on the roof their home.

Reddit user, impr0mtu, shared a photo of a native Australian Kookaburra sitting on his roof, captioning the photo as 'the kookaburra on my roof frightens me...'

'Worst thing is, about an hour later he started pecking at the kitchen window whilst my wife and I were cooking. Killer Kookaburra confirmed,' impr0mtu's said in the post.

Reddit users have joked that the ice epidemic is to blame for the iconic bird's intense stare 

The light-hearted poke at the native Australian bird generated a range of hilarious comments.

'Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, merrily plotting your death. Laugh Kookaburra, Laugh Kookaburra, maniacal your laugh seems to be,' user AussieEquiv wrote with the classic Australian nursery rhyme in mind.

'The Ice epidemic has spread to our native animals. This is the start of Emu Wars II', user beyondtherange commented.

However user TidusLovesYuna defended the Australian icon saying: 'maybe he or she just wants to be friends.'

'I looked up "sinister" in Oxford Online Dictionary and that image appeared... Channelling the spirit of Alfred Hitchcock,' Reddit user fewdforthort said. 

A report by Birdwildlife Australia found that Kookaburra sightings have dropped by 40 per cent across the south east of Australia - particularly in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.

'We've known for some time that many rare bird populations are declining, but we were not aware of the decline of these very common and iconic Australian birds,' Birdlife Australia chief executive Paul Sullivan said. 

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