A Sydney father has become an internet sensation after being swooped by a magpie in his own home while streaming himself playing a video game.
Warehouse manager Rhys Lynch was three hours into his stream when the magpie struck.
Watch the moment in the video above
“What the, there’s a f**king magpie in my house,” he can be heard saying.
“Oi, get out of here.”
Rhys kept on playing but then the bird came back for more, flying directly into his face.
“When I sat back down it came and smacked me in the face,” he told 7NEWS.
The video of the incident has gone viral worldwide and earned him a new following.
But why the magpie chose to strike, just before swooping season, is a mystery.
Professor Gisela Kaplan has studied the bird for more than two decades.
She previously told 7NEWS.com.au the only reason magpies swoop is when a stranger enters their territory.
“A stranger means an intrusion,” she said.
“Magpies are smart enough to recognise people and their habits and won’t swoop anyone they’ve come to know and trust.
“But put a stranger near them and the male begins to ask ‘is there a risk to my young?’”
Rhys isn’t overthinking it, who lost his job during the coronavirus crisis, saying he might turn his attention to magpie wrangling.