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It's magpie swooping season

Warning.  Magpie swooping season!!  Picture of a magpie swooping

Magpies are characteristic of the Australian urban environment. Magpies breed in spring (August - November) which may also result in them swooping people or pets to defend the territory around their nesting site.

Magpies and the Law

Magpies are protected throughout NSW, and it is against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young.

If you feel a magpie is a serious menace, report it to Council on 02 4645 4000.

Reduce your chances of being swooped

You can take the following precautions during the period when birds are actively protecting their territory:

  • do not deliberately provoke or harass the birds as this can make them more aggressive
  • walk out of the bird's territory immediately
  • avoid the swooping area by taking an alternative route
  • wear a large, wide brim hat and sunglasses or carry an open umbrella. You can also place eyes on the back of hats and umbrellas which may reduce the likelihood of the birds swooping
  • keep an eye on the bird as this may discourage attacks.

Tips for bike riders

  • If possible, take an alternative route
  • Get off your bike and walk through the bird's territory
  • Wear a helmet and sunglasses
  • Fit a bike flag to your bike.