... Magpies are smart, extremely territorial and will swoop riders from up to 100m away from their nest. US researchers have shown that American crows recognise people who have trapped them to band them, give alarm calls when they next see them, and even pass on that information to untrapped birds who also sound the alarm when they see trappers. Glen Takkenberg Pirate Party ACT for Ginninderra He said his team's research showed putting a few cable ties in a bike helmet was not absurd enough to deter the swooping birds. It therefore stands to reason that the best response to a swooping attack while cycling would be to get off and push your bike. All you need is a pack of 100 cable ties (also known as zip-ties) and a helmet with air slots in it. Cable ties probably won’t stop magpie attacks – here are a few things to try instead – http://theconversation.com/cable-ties-probably-wont-stop-magpie-attacks-here-are-a-few-things-to-try-instead-123759, Saturday 12th of December 2020 08:41:56 PM. Read the original article. If you become aware of swooping attacks in a certain area the best thing is to avoid it – even just crossing the road should be sufficient. I pass this spot two times a day. “It stops them from hitting the helmet. Bear that in mind, and we can hopefully reach a détente with our feathered (and occasionally flustered) friends. I suspect cable ties are a good way to go if you have regular impacts in magpie attacks. With these long ones, I feel pretty safe. But regardless of their relative rarity, being the target of a swooping attack by a magpie can be frightening. For the rest of the year magpies are peaceful urban neighbors who delight us with their distinctive song. 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"You've got to look completely ridiculous for it to work, it's got to be like an echidna. ! If all else fails, simply console yourself with the fact that swooping season only lasts a few weeks. October 1st, 2013 By Alan C. Not as drastic as the mohawk helmet on your home page, but I use 3 or 4 (depending on which helmet) 300mm cable ties on my helmet and I have not been hit by magpies since. They leave me alone in the mornings, when I crawl slowly up the hill. Your feedback will go directly to Science X editors. It is almost always males that swoop, and they only do so when they have chicks in the nest. To purchase this video for media use visit https://video.storyful.com/. One method is to festoon one's helmet with zip-ties: Another solution is based on analyzing the magpies' attack methods. Has been shown to have positive impact is cable ties and then swerve away without hitting... To avoid ending up on the head `` it depends. `` their relative rarity, being the of. 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