Magpie attack: An Australian man has died in a bicycle crash while trying to escape from a swooping magpie.
Magpies are a common threat to cyclists around Australia

SYDNEY – An Australian man has died in a bicycle crash while trying to escape from a swooping magpie.

The 76-year-old cyclist suffered head injuries on Sunday when he veered off a path and crashed into a park fence south of Sydney, police said.

Despite paramedics’ efforts to save him, the man later died in hospital.

Swooping magpies are a common threat in Australia during spring and often cause injuries to cyclists and pedestrians, but fatal incidents are rare.

The Australian magpie is a different species to the European bird with which it shares its name. During mating season, the bird can become aggressive and attack humans crossing its territory.

Police said they would prepare a report for a coroner after the attack on Sunday in Wollongong, New South Wales. -BBC

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