While magpies can be a nuisance during the spring months, they are a native Australian bird so it is important not to harm them. During the months of August to October magpies mate and the males focussed on protecting their offspring can often swoop people and other animlas as a warning to stay away.
However there are a few simple things you can do keep safe.
- Pay attention to magpie calls and nesting sites
- Plan alternative routes during breeding season
- Travel through these areas in groups as magpies tend to attack individuals
- Wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your head and eyes
- Stay calm if you do get swooped as panicing can be seen as aggresive behaviour and may provoke further attack
- Face a magpie as they tend to attack from behind
- Try to make friends with the magpie as they can be very loyal once they discover you are not a threat
- Magpies stay in the same territory for life
For a few more interesting facts about magpies read on...
- There are 9 sub species of magpies in Australia
- The morning call of a maglpie is known as caroling
- Magpies can recognise people's faces and will make friends with people for life
- Magpies have very good memories
- They will often mate for life
- Magpies can hear the sound of grubs and worms undergound
- Only 8-10% of magpies actually swoop people
- Young magpies create groups call tribes
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