Housemate, 25, is left with blood streaming down her face after an aggressive butcher bird swooped her in her backyard - and now she's too afraid to go outside
A young woman has been left bloody and traumatised after she was attacked by an aggressive butcher bird.
Amber Bitzer, 25, was in the backyard of her share house in Bardon, in Brisbane's west, at 1pm on October 10 when the bird took aim at her head.
While the gash below her hairline was treated by a doctor, MsBitzer said she had never been swooped before and is now terrified to enter the garden.
'I feel like... it's not my backyard anymore,' she told 7 News.
She explained that a brave housemate went outside on Monday to hang her washing out.
Despite arming herself with a bicycle helmet and sunglasses, the vicious bird struck again.
While the law student and her housemates are committed to staying at the property until the lease ends in December, Ms Bitzer was quick to inform her landlord.
'He’s been very supportive. As it happens, he’s a doctor and offered to examine my head.'
There are numerous signs in the area warning residents of magpie attacks, but the woman had no idea butcher birds were a danger.
'I was just really glad it didn't get my eye, because if it did, I definitely 100 per cent would have lost my eye,' Ms Bitzer said.
She urged people to wear sunglasses and hats, or 'those helmets with the spikes' to protect against future strikes.
Magpie swooping season came early this year due to the unseasonably warm weather.
At least 280 attacks have been reported across Australia since mid June, according to the Magpie Alert website.
Attacks in Queensland make up 26.1 per cent of the nation's total, closely followed by New South wales with 21.8 per cent.