For many months of the year Magpies are just another part of the environment, with many Australians not giving them another thought. It’s not until they start swooping that Magpies become a problem.
It is important to realise that swooping is a natural behaviour, as the birds defend their nesting territory. Swooping only occurs for about eight weeks in spring, from August until October.
There are things we can do to avoid being swooped:
- Avoid the swooping areas by taking an alternative route.
- Wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses.
- Carry and umbrella.
- Watch the bird as you walk through its territory, this may discourage attack.
Remember that Magpies are protected throughout NSW and it is against the law to kill them, collect their eggs, or harm their young.
For more information on Magpies visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website.