The Magpie Has Been Named Australia’s “Bird Of The Year”, And Not Everyone’s Happy

The human-swooping reincarnation of lucifer himself, the magpie, has been named Australia’s ‘Bird Of The Year’ after topping a poll by The Guardian and Birdlife Australia, but not everyone’s happy about it.

The magpie (also known as Gymnorhina tibicen) claimed 13.3 per cent of the total vote count, with a massive 19,926 votes to its name, after a last-minute push to overtake the white ibis (or bin chicken) for the top spot:

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The humble white ibis (Threskiornis molucca) received 19,083 votes, and was followed in third place by the laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguinea) with a total of 10,953 votes.

While magpie voters were pecking at their mates in excitement after their win, others are downright confused by the bird’s victory…

https://twitter.com/ellehardytweets/status/939983197445570560

As for the other birds which didn’t claim top spot, well, their supporters have come out in their defence.

View the list of the 10 birds with the most ‘Bird Of The Year’ votes, below.

‘Til next year, bird-lovers…

2017 Australian Bird Of The Year Results

1. Australian magpie

2. Australian white ibis

3. Laughing kookaburra

4. Tawny frogmouth

5. Superb fairywren

6. Rainbow lorikeet

7. Willy wagtail

8. Wedge-tailed eagle

9. Southern cassowary

10. Splendid fairywren