40 Australian Creatures You Never Thought Existed

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Swooping Magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen)

Image: Daily Telegraph

Though they may seem harmless, these black and white passerines are vicious when mating season comes around. Known to dive-bomb and peck at unsuspecting bypassers, Magpie Swooping Season is now a recognised time of year for all Australians in early spring. Cyclists prepare by attaching hundreds of cable ties to their helmets to act as harmless spikes to fend off these feisty aves. Pedestrians are cautioned with large signs in common swoop areas such as parks and leafy neighbourhoods.

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