Magpie forms friendly flyover relationship with 9-year-old boy

Magpie forms friendly flyover relationship with 9-year-old boy

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Magpie forms friendly flyover relationship with 9-year-old boy

Every time Tylah Hartin leaves his house, the 9-year-old is accompanied by a magpie that has developed a friendly flyover relationship in what one expert said is “very obviously a game.”

Whereas Australian magpies are known for swooping at people as a means of protecting their nests, this magpie simply keeps Tylah company by flying alongside him, as reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. And it’s a year-round relationship not just during the breeding season.

Whether he is riding his bike or scooter, “Maggie” tags along from the time he leaves his house in Casino, Australia, to the time he reaches the end of the street. Then the bird waits for him to return and repeats the process.

“It’s just kinda really playing with me,” Tylah told ABC. “He’s my best buddy.”

Tylah said he talks the bird—“What are ya doing Maggie?”—and Maggie sings back.

Dee Hartin, Tylah’s grandmother, has captured the relationship in photos, which she gave BNQT permission to use.

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“It’s quite funny to watch because it doesn’t hurt Tylah, ever,” Dee told ABC. “It comes awfully close to him and his head, but it doesn’t actually hit him.

“I know when Tylah is outside the gate because Maggie is making sounds and flies down from the tree, or the gate, and just follows him up and down the footpath for anything up to an hour.”

An expert who has been studying magpie behavior for 25 years at the University of New England told ABC that magpies do form life-long relationships with people.

“The kind of flying activity of the experience with Tylah is very obviously a game,” Professor Gisela Kaplan told ABC. “Magpies have the intelligence of a 5-year-old child when it comes to game playing.

“The wonderful part of this is that when [the bird] knows people are friendly to them they will remember and they are friendly to them forever more.”

Photos by © Dee Martin used with permission.

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