Man gets swooped by angry magpie three times as he tries to escape raging bird

An Australian magpie terrified a bloke going for a walk by swooping down at his head multiple times while he tried to escape.

In the CCTV, recorded in Mount Annan in west Sydney, the man is walking over the grass when the bird appears out of nowhere and dives straight for him.

The man breaks into a desperate run but drops something in his haste to get away from the fiesty bird.

He then runs back again to rescue what he dropped but is so hampered by the swooping attacks it looks like he is running around in a circle like he's in a Benny Hill skit.

Fortunately, the CCTV company has offered the victim an AU $100 (£53) voucher for his troubles, 9 News reports.

The Australian magpie is a notoriously territorial animal and relentlessly protects its nest from anything it perceives as a threat.

It is known to swoop down on people from behind and cut the back and sides of the head with either its beak or talons.

Researchers at Griffith University in South East Queensland discovered that 98% of men and 75% of women were likely to have been attacked by Australian magpies by the time they reach adulthood.

Co study author Darryl Jones believes it is acts of human aggression that trigger a minority of the birds to attack because each bird will have a very specific target, for instance, one might only swoop at bald men and another might only go for cyclists.

He said: "Something happened that made the magpies target that group, and I bet it was some nasty experience like having chicks pinched."

Magpies are known to be highly intelligent and can memorise what a person looks like for years.

This comes after a baby girl tragically died when her mum was swooped by a magpie and dropped her while trying to duck.

After the incident, the bird was captured and taken away.

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