Self-styled ‘birdman’ Sean Dooley spoke to ABC News Breakfast as the winner was announced.
Given most of us have probably spent some time avoiding the bird, why does it deserve to be number one?
“Interestingly, the magpie and the ibis, voted one and two, would probably also win the least favourite,” Mr Dooley said.
He thinks the magpie does have something to offer.
“They’re incredible birds and they have an amazing vocal range, they’re one of the most complex vocal birds of any bird in the world,” Mr Dooley said.
“It is so evocative – that kind of carolling.
“Magpies are easily tamed and people have a great connection with them. They love to feed them.
“Clearly, there are a lot of people out there who have a special relationship with a magpie.”