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Stay safe from swooping magpies

Published Wednesday, 14th September 2016

Swooping season is upon us again, and residents are being reminded to keep a look out for magpies that swoop to defend their nests.


The breeding season typically occurs from spring to early summer with swooping usually ceasing once the chicks have left the nest.

During this time it is recommended you choose an alternative route to avoid areas known to have nesting magpies.

Some other simple tips to avoid swooping magpies are:

  • Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses or shelter under an umbrella to protect your face.
  • If a magpie swoops while cycling, dismount your bike and walk it past the nesting area.
  • Waving sticks or umbrellas in the air, or attaching brightly coloured zip ties to your helmet can act as a deterrent.
  • Parents or care givers should ensure that their children do not throw rocks or sticks at the bird as this will only exacerbate the bird's aggression.

If you are concerned about aggressive magpies in your area, please contact Department of Parks and Wildlife Wildcare helpline on 9474 9055; or the City of Wanneroo's Conservation Team on 9405 5000.

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