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WHY?

Why did he go into this magpies territory and aggravate it when he knew the bird was going to attack him?

His loud and annoying screams probably upset the bird even more causing it to attack and attack.

Why don't people leave wildlife alone?







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This guy has just been interviewed on our Today show and in his defense he was in a fairly populated area of Sydney. At this time of year our Magpies are very aggressive as they are breeding and will attack anyone who comes near their nesting area. That means in so many of the tall trees there are nesting sites and this is particularly so in our public parks where this guy was riding his bike. They attack everyone whether they are riding, walking or jogging. He was yelling as he was getting hit pretty strongly by that very hard beak, with at leas once or twice the beak actually went through the vent holes in his helmet and connected with his head, and biting his ears as well. This attacking usually goes on for bit over a month and then they settle down and are calm once more. It was pointed out by one of the interviewers on the Today Show that the clothing he was wearing made him look like a giant magpie himself, and that maybe the magpie was trying to chat him up, and he said he hadn't realized that was the case and agreed that he did look like a magpie.

I have resident magpies where I am but I have no tall trees close to me so they are not nesting here, just coming in looking for food.
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I've watched a bunch of magpie videos on youtube and these birds can be extremely aggressive during their mating season. They are like the crows that attack people in Vancouver when the crows are having their mating season as well. It's interesting in Vancouver they have a website where you can go to post the area where attacks occur so people can stay out of that area when walking or biking.
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I have heard that the Australian magpies are pretty relentless birds and don't give up no matter what until you are well out of the way. Like Kate said, a lot of those nesting sites just so happen to be in public places. I have seen signs and such in places telling people to enter at their own risks as it was a magpie nesting area. Having been whacked by a corvid I can honestly say it hurts

EDIT: I just realised they're not corvids and are in no way related to our magpies in the UK!
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Our Magpies appear to be a lot bigger than the ones in the UK Daisy, their tail is not as long and they appear to have a heavier body. They are pretty much nearly the size of crow. The Pied Currawong which is a close relative of the Australian Magpie is often mistaken for them, looks very similar but with less white and has a similar aggressive nature when breeding. The park that the video was taken in is pretty much in the middle of Sydney and there are not many places that you can ride a bike or jog safely in the city. So if you want to exercise you don't always have a lot of choice of venue.
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