Last month I wrote about angry birds (AKA magpies) on the BNT, but forgot all about mentioning my favourite angry bird ever.
Meet the Apostle bird.
We first came across these when we were holed up in Biggenden, South East Queensland. We had just woken up when there was a ridiculous racquet coming from the tree beside the tent. A group of unfamiliar birds were having an almighty blue, squalling and quibbling like a group of hormonal teenagers.
I had never come across such a grating, irritated bird call, If one could even call it a call. We were informed that they were Apostle birds, so-named because of their habit of travelling in large groups.
So it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. Apostle birds are also known as Happy Jacks, which is a strange name for such aggressive, grumpy little birds who are constantly acting like they got up on the wrong side of the bed.
Another common moniker for them is the CWA bird, because their constant chatter is supposedly much like a meeting of the Country Women’s Association.
So after an initial bout of annoyance at their constant bickering, I began to grow fascinated at these little dudes. They have a way of strutting, swaggering and hopping all at the same time, always looking like they are on a total mission.
But their tiny head and stout, squat little fame looks a little ridiculous packed with that much personality, oomph and bravado, hence my constant fascination.
We spent many an evening at camp watching them exclaim over a morsel of food, call over the others, only to swear, berate and cuss at each other, exploding in a screeching match. Who needs Home and Away when there’s that sort of drama ensuing on your doorstep?
I have a sneaking suspicion that the Apostle bird was THE oringinal angry bird- perhaps providing the inspiration for the popular Angry Birds Video Game. I mean, the resemblance is uncanny…