He then crashed into a fence post, was thrown to the ground, and suffered serious head injuries. The man was airlifted to Sydney’s St. George Hospital and died that evening, police said.
The territorial birds begin breeding in August and often swoop to protect their young from perceived threats.
Visitors to Australia might notice people walking around carrying large sticks, or bike riders wearing helmets with a dozen zip ties positioned so they stick up into the air.
The highest number of reported attacks so far this year are along Australia’s east coast, in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.
Magpies are a protected native species in Australia and it’s illegal to kill them or take their eggs or chicks. Local councils will act if one is reported to be a real menace, otherwise residents are urged to stay away from trees where they are known to breed.
To stay safe during swooping season, cyclists are advised get off their bike during an attack, and to keep calm instead of flailing — which may come across as aggressive behavior and provoke the birds further.