Magpie spotted playing with a rolling tennis ball

Moment lively magpie is spotted playing with a rolling tennis ball in suburban street

  • Enthusiastic magpie seen chasing a tennis ball down a suburban Perth street
  • Bunbury local Braden Collins captured the moment, then posted footage online
  • Magpies generally docile in December, September they swoop in mating season

A playful magpie has been spotted eagerly chasing a tennis ball down a street in a popular suburb in Western Australia.

Braden Collins posted the clip online from late November in Bunbury, south of Perth.

‘I was about to head to work when I heard the magpie warbling happily on the road,’ he told fellow bird enthusiasts.

‘I saw it (magpie) playing with the ball and having a great time.’ 

The magpie spotted the used tennis ball in a suburban street in Western Australia

Magpies tend to be a little more docile in Australia as the mercury rises in summer. 

It is in stark contrast to mating season – which commonly lasts for five weeks from the start of September in spring – to protect their young.

In 2018, a six-year-old boy became blind in one eye after being swooped by a magpie in a park in Perth.

Finn Kelly was attacked by the bird at Clarko Reserve in Trigg.

‘He came running back to me with his hand over his right eye, just absolutely screaming his head off,’ his mother Stacey told Today Tonight at the time.

Temptation then got the better of the bird, who was seen nudging the ball seconds later

As the tennis ball gained momentum rolling down the street, the eager magpie gave chase

‘And all I could see at that point was blood coming out of his nose.’

Stacey recalled seeing a small sign alerting people of swooping magpies when she visited the park with her children – but didn’t realise the seriousness of the warning.

‘I was like: ”Oh OK, hey kids, keep your hats on.” I didn’t think anything more of it,’ she said.

She described her young son’s case as ‘the worst case scenario’ and urged the public to be wary of the aggressive birds.


– Look out for any caution signs placed in parks and reserves 

– Familiarise yourself with alternative walking routes to avoid nesting areas 

– Do not provoke the birds as they swoop to protect their young

– Travel in groups if possible as magpies tend to target individuals 

– Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat or carry an umbrella 

– If you are riding a bike, jump off and walk through nesting territory instead 

Source: City of Sterling 

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