Australian MagpieTo Animals
The Australian Magpie or Gymnorhina tibicen, is a commonly found songbird in parks and gardens all over Australia. A visitor to New South Wales is more likely to spot the black-backed Magpie, distinguished by the white 'collar' that separates the black feathers on the head and back. Magpies are highly territorial and will defend their nests during breeding season from August to October when swooping Magpies are known to frighten passers by. Walkers can stay safe by looking the Magpie in the eye and moving swiftly past. Cyclists can paint fake eyes onto the top of their helmets or attach red flags to the back of their bicycles. Whatever precaution you take, do not fear. Magpies are generally not aggressive birds and in most cases they will swoop low as a warning, giving you time to make haste!