Why spring Australians wear hats and helmets?

September. Spring. In Australia is no longer cold, but not hot. Nature flourishes with bright colors. the beauty! The main thing is not to forget before leaving the street to look at the Magpie Alert website so that you can adjust the route. Sunglasses and a widescreen hat (and better helmet) also do not interfere. Then you will be ready not to meet with aggressive Australian forties, who attack people. These birds, the data on attacks of which are even displayed in real time on the Internet, are also called "Magpay".

Do not confuse them with forties who live in Russia. They even belong to different families. We live European, peaceful, while their Australian conifers represent a real threat to pedestrians, and for cyclists, and for runners.

Cyclists are attached to the helmets semblance of poles or stick out of the back artificial eyes

Single cases of attack are possible at any time of the year, but in September-October, when the nesting period begins, the account is on dozens, if not hundreds. Males see in people a threat to chicks and seek to protect the offspring. To raise down, it is not necessary to approach the nest close – fathers protect the territory within a radius of 100-150 m.

According to the study of scientists from the University of Griffith, 96% of men and 75% of women suffered from the attack of birds at some point. Pernaya pedestrians attacked less often than on cyclists and runners. And on adults – less often than on children.

Most often the victims suffers from the area of ​​the head and neck. As a rule, there are claws or beaks in the course, but the birds can also be seen by hitting their weight in these parts of the body. Cuts, abrasions and bruises – the usual thing.


Last time I appointed interview in the park, but the forties clearly did not like it. The result is obvious, or rather, on the face.

CAROLINE ZANOL user, Magpie Alert website:

My friend and we communicated near the Paddock bakery, chatted, having fun when forty saddled me claws in the left eye. Result: An impressive scratch, three days of the hospital, the week of antibiotics.

At the same time kill or even wander the birds illegally: they are an endemic of Australia. However, residents and do not try to harm them. Moreover, in December 2017, the Australian Forty was recognized as a bird of the year.

People are only defended. In places where aggressive birds nest nest, the authorities hang warning signs. And on the eve of each spring, recommendations are issued: do not provoke feathered, do not approach their nests (ideally – avoid the places where they are found), to plunge from the bike next to the habitat of forty, do not throw anything towards the birds and their nests, do not try "Save" chicks lying on Earth, because most likely, parents are observed behind them.

Why spring Australians wear hats and helmets

Relevant clothing – also the way to protect. Some in the event of a threat still mashed with a stick above head. And cyclists attach the semblance of sixties to helmets or stick out of the back artificial eyes.

However, the Australian ethologist Gizel Kaplan is sure that all this does not work as effectively as friendship. It is proved that forty good memory – they are able to remember the people of people. Consequently, if you feed the birds during the year, the feathers can calculate you with a good person. If you are offended by Soroky one day, she will take revenge.

User @aliusia au, Instagram:

Personally, Magpay has not yet attacked me. But my ex-husband somehow came from a bunk roller with scratched in the blood. I had another story with Mike. We saved young magga. He is confused by a paw in a blanket thread dried out on the street. He would be stuck their own conifers. Thread from the finger had to cut off with scissors. The finger was strongly handled and, most likely, broken. Then this Magpay flew to us on the balcony almost every day. We feed and sing birds in the summer. We learned our lame lape. He was not afraid and did not attack, because he remembered.

User @Sogdilen, Instatram:

I also had Magpai in my yard. Half a year. Then flew somewhere. Maybe for the winter?

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