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WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for sick, injured and orphaned native animals for over 35 years.
WIRES operate a dedicated Wildlife Rescue Office assisting wildlife and the community across Australia 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, providing rescue advice and assistance for over 130,000 animals annually and can be contact on their 24/7 Emergency Hotline on 1300 094 737.
For more detailed information, please see the WIRES Emergency Advice Page.
For most of the year, magpies are not aggressive. But for four to six weeks during the nesting season, they will often defend their territory vigorously. People walking past may be seen as invaders of the territory, prompting the magpies to swoop low and fast over the person, clacking their bills as they pass overhead.
The experience of a magpie attack can be quite alarming, but it is usually only a warning. Only occasionally will a bird actually strike the intruder on the head with its beak.
Information provided by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage advises that if a magpie swoops at you:
Further information about magpies can be found at www.environment.nsw.gov.au