Blackbirds dive-bombing Chicago residents Chicago residents have been warned to beware of blackbirds after a spate of dive-bombing attacks on cyclists and pedestrians. The fiercely territorial behaviour of the male red-winged blackbird has been blamed for a series of incidents. People have complained of being chased for up to 100 yards, pecked in the head and had their hair clawed. The red-winged blackbird is a common American species and the eight-inch long males have distinctive bright red shoulder patches. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...lackbirds-dive-bombing-Chicago-residents.html Apparently advises: "targeted by an angry blackbird to stare directly at it. If that fails, barking like a dog should keep it away, he said." ready?