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Why do doves and blackbirds hate magpies (1 Viewer)

marcia A

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The collared doves in my garden seem to have an active vendetta against the local Magpies. :eek!:

I felt quite sorry for the magpie the other day - a pair of c doves obviously took a dislike to this poor bird and continuously chased it round and round the garden not giving it a moments peace. In the end the magpie was chased away by a stroppy male blackbird who also took a dislike to it. Is this because the doves and blackbirds are afraid that the magpie may take their eggs and young or is it a territorial thing.:eek!: You would think that a bird as big as a magpie would stand up for itself being almost twice the size of its chasers.:bounce:

Has anyone else noticed similar behaviour?
 

Mannix

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The collared doves in my garden seem to have an active vendetta against the local Magpies. :eek!:

I felt quite sorry for the magpie the other day - a pair of c doves obviously took a dislike to this poor bird and continuously chased it round and round the garden not giving it a moments peace. In the end the magpie was chased away by a stroppy male blackbird who also took a dislike to it. Is this because the doves and blackbirds are afraid that the magpie may take their eggs and young or is it a territorial thing.:eek!: You would think that a bird as big as a magpie would stand up for itself being almost twice the size of its chasers.:bounce:

Has anyone else noticed similar behaviour?


Cos they steal their eggs and chicks and eat them.
 

DaveN

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It's a very common thing for Blackbirds, Collared Doves etc to chase off Magpies. The simple reason is that they are a predator and will without hesitation take any chicks and eggs out of the nests.
 

ChrisKten

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Just to add to what Dave said:

Magpies are also opportunistic predators, they will attack fledglings as well as adults (especially sick adults). Magpies are also quite devious, they can be innocently eating near other birds then suddenly attack the nearest bird.

I like Magpies (in fact all Corvids), but you can't trust them to play nice with other birds.|=)|

Incidentally, I posted elsewhere that one of the Collard Doves in my garden keeps harassing Magpies. I also noted that I thought the Collard Dove seemed to be throwing caution to the wind; I was very surprised the Magpie stood for it.
 
This is still happening across local back gardens today, in mid September. Surely all eggs have hatched by now and fledglings have grow up sufficiently to protect themselves, but the animosity continues!
 

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Collared Doves will breed all year round.
Thanks, that makes perfect sense. We have a lot of collared doves in our back gardens, as there are plenty of trees for them to nest in, and their numbers have increased over the last 10-20 years!

We are also within walking distance to the Lodmoor reserve and often see/hear large flocks of swans and geese transiting between The Fleet and/or Radipole reserve to breakfast at Lodmoor.
 
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wolfbirder

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My local Magpies hang around in groups of up to 10, they fish out and eat a lot of newly-fledged youngsters of anything up to Wood Pigeon size. They are as dangerous to Blackbirds and Collared Doves as Sparrowhawks are, but they linger around persistently waiting for young birds to emerge from the nest.
 

Original PaulE

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This is still happening across local back gardens today, in mid September. Surely all eggs have hatched by now and fledglings have grow up sufficiently to protect themselves, but the animosity continues!
It is a deeply ingrained instinct, not something they turn on and off and I think collared Doves breed pretty much year round anyway!!
 
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