Authorities are taking up arms against aggressive birds contrary to the advice of experts, who say relocation is the best way to protect both the species and humans

When Victorian man James Glindemann sat down just outside his local mall to enjoy his Chinese takeout, he was happily surprised to see a magpie, and greeted the bird: “How are you going?”

Magpies are one of Australia’s most intelligent and loved birds, and Glindemann’s reaction is a common one. In 2017, they were voted favourite in the Guardian/Bird Life Australia’s bird of the year poll.

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