"Vicious, Aggressive Bird Stalks Cyclist": The Australian Magpie (Practices tibicen) in the News

van Vuuren, Kitty, O'Keeffe, Scott and Jones, Darryl N. (2016) "Vicious, Aggressive Bird Stalks Cyclist": The Australian Magpie (Practices tibicen) in the News. Animals, 6 29: 1-14. doi:10.3390/ani6050029


Author van Vuuren, Kitty
O'Keeffe, Scott
Jones, Darryl N.
Title "Vicious, Aggressive Bird Stalks Cyclist": The Australian Magpie (Practices tibicen) in the News
Formatted title
"Vicious, Aggressive Bird Stalks Cyclist": The Australian Magpie (Practices tibicen) in the News
Journal name Animals   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2076-2615
Publication date 2016-04-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/ani6050029
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 29
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher M D P I AG
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Australian Magpie ( Cracticus tibicen ) is a common bird found in urban Australian environments where its nest defense behavior during spring brings it into conflict with humans. This article explores the role of print media in covering this conflict. Leximancer software was used to analyze newspaper reports about the Australian Magpie from a sample of 634 news stories, letters-to-the editor and opinion pieces, published in newspapers from around Australia between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2014. The results confirm that stories about these birds are primarily published in the daily regional and weekly suburban press, and that the dominant story frame concerns the risk of “swooping” behavior to cyclists and pedestrians from birds protecting their nests during the spring breeding season. The most prominent sources used by journalists are local and state government representatives, as well as members of the public. The results show that the “swooping season” has become a normal part of the annual news cycle for these publications, with the implication that discourse surrounding the Australian Magpie predominantly concerns the risk these birds pose to humans, and ignores their decline in non-urban environments.
Keyword Australian Magpie
Human-animal conflict
Urban ecology
Newspapers
Framing
Leximancer
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 27 Apr 2016, 11:04:23 EST by Dr Kitty Van Vuuren on behalf of School of Communication and Arts