How to avoid being swooped by a magpie | Blog - NSW National Parks

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Subject: How to avoid being swooped by a magpie | Blog - NSW National Parks
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2024 00:01:36 +0000

Yes it is pretty amazing that whoever puts out this stuff doesn’t bother to take an original photo or step out their door or look out their window to check what a Magpie looks like and they don’t realise this is something totally different, in appearance and behaviour. It also relates of course to the other current subject matter about the confusion existing in bird names around the world. Those who gave our bird the same name over 2 centuries ago started the problem. The question arises, as I also asked David, seeing as you, Anthony, have located these goofs: Have you written to them about it?


I mean, it is amusing to tell us, but the message needs to clearly go to whoever puts out this stuff. So that it does not get perpetuated………. I can do it. Who else?





From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Anthony Overs via Canberrabirds
Sent: Saturday, 10 February, 2024 6:00 PM
To: David McDonald (Personal)
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Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] How to avoid being swooped by a magpie | Blog - NSW National Parks


Thanks, David

A simple mistake from a person with no idea about birds?

I blame laziness. A media person with no clue googles magpie and comes up with the wrong species:

- The image below from the ACT Government's Health directorate, during covid





On Fri, 9 Feb 2024 at 16:49, David McDonald (Personal) <> wrote:

The NSW National Parks has a great website, mostly accurate I presume, but it may be that the person who selected the photo of the nesting magpie should have asked for someone to proofread their work before it went live:




David McDonald

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