Woman gets pecked in the eye at a Gold Coast cafe after trying to share some of her toast with a bird

‘Blood ran down my face’: Woman gets pecked in the eye in a cafe after trying to share some of her toast with a bird

  • Debbie Jones enjoyed her breakfast when she shared it with a local bird
  • The butcher bird attacked her and landed a single cock in her eye, leaving it bloody
  • Doctors say she missed serious damage just a few millimeters
  • As the diving season returns, people are warned to take protective measures










One woman described the terrifying moment when she was attacked by a butcher in a cafe.

Debbie Jones was quietly having breakfast in a popular cafe in Burleigh Heads on the Queensland coast when she decided to share her meal with the local wildlife.

The bird landed a single forceful kiss on Mrs Jones’ eye as she tried to eat her toast, causing her severe pain and rushing to the doctor’s office.

Debbie Jones (pictured) was sharing her lunch with a butcher bird when he attacked her and got a cock in her eye

“It just caught my eye,” Ms Jones told me 9 News.

‘I started running down the road; all the blood was running down my face.

She escaped the incident without serious injuries, with doctors saying the bird’s beak was millimeters away from causing serious damage.

“They zapped my eye out with saline and gave me an injection and now I have an eye patch, I walk around my work like a pirate,” she laughed.

Ms Jones (pictured) rushed to the doctor's office where they said she had missed millimeters of serious damage

Ms Jones (pictured) rushed to the doctor’s office where they said she had missed millimeters of serious damage

Mrs. Jones joked that she would enter the lottery every day to cash in on her luck after escaping a serious injury.

Despite the altercation, she says she wouldn’t hesitate to feed the birds again, just with a little more caution.

Beth Hall of Birdlife Australia’s Gold Coast affiliate urged people not to feed magpies as diving season approaches.

“One of the things they say is that you should wear sunglasses if they are attacking or attacking and not look them in the eye.”

Ms Hall suggested that cafes or restaurants should also display signs discouraging bird feeding where appropriate.

With diving season approaching, people are being warned to take precautions when eating outdoors in areas where butcher's birds (pictured) and magpies are common

With diving season approaching, people are being warned to take precautions when eating outdoors in areas where butcher’s birds (pictured) and magpies are common

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