Terrifying Video Shows Raven Attacking a Drone Delivering Coffee Mid-Air

A delivery drone company has had to pause its operations in an Australian suburb due to airborne threats posed by territorial birds.

The issue of swooping birds in Australia is not unheard of. During breeding season, species such as Australian Magpies are protective parents and some nesting birds may swoop down on people who get too close to their nests.

Ravens, too, are known to have exhibited such behavior. Now, birds are attacking delivery drones.

In footage captured by Ben Roberts, a resident of the suburb of Harrison in the Australian city of Canberra, we see what appears to be a raven attacking a delivery drone that was trying to drop off his coffee.

The video (above) shows how the drone approaches from a height and begins to descend to the ground in preparation for dropping off its package.

Before it can do so, the bird flies up to the drone and appears to latch on with its feet before pecking at the flying robot.

The attack lasts for several seconds, with the drone's multiple fans buzzing as they work to correct its trajectory while the bird attacks. The bird quickly flies off, leaving the drone to lower its package on a rope.

It's not the first time Roberts' coffee delivery has been subject to a bird attack. According to local news outlet The Canberra Times, birds had tried to get at the drone before and appeared to have learned to avoid its spinning blades.

Canberra is currently in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a surge in people ordering things via drone, Australia's ABC News reports.

Roberts told the outlet he was hoping to get a quick coffee delivered to his house without having to go and interact with people.

Now, one drone operator, Wing, has decided to pause its operations in the Harrison area while bird experts look into the behavior of birds such as the one that attacked Roberts' delivery drone.

In a statement seen by The Canberra Times, Wing said it was pausing its operations due to "some ravens demonstrating territorial behavior" and said it wanted "to have minimal impact on birdlife."

According to ornithologist Neil Hermes, ravens are known to attack things that come near their nests.

He and Roberts both told ABC they agreed with Wing's decision to pause operations in the area while the situation is considered.

Roberts told the news outlet: "We don't want them getting injured, they're an important part of our environment here."

Swooping birds in Australia, such as Australian Magpies, have become such a problem in some areas that locals have taken to wearing an anti-magpie bicycle helmet with zip-ties vertically attached to ward off the avian attackers.

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A stock photo shows an Australian raven calling. Territorial birds have been attacking drones in Canberra, Australia. Ken Griffiths/Getty