Caught on camera: mischievous magpie attempts to steal postman's letter

Magpie on a hay bale
(Image credit: Future)

A British postman out on his rounds caught a mischievous magpie on camera as it tried to steal a letter in Leiston, Suffolk. These intelligent birds are known for their affinity for shiny objects, but nobody had ever considered that a mystery envelope might also take their fancy.

In the minute-long video posted on the Royal Mail Twitter, you can hear Rob the postman talking to a magpie that’s perched itself on top of a stack of letters. He asks it questions such as ‘what do you think you’re doing?' and then tells it it to shoo as it will get him in trouble. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.