For most of the year native birds are a delightful part of our environment. But during the breeding season (August to October) if birds such as magpies, butcher birds, currawongs, kookaburras, magpie larks and lapwings (plovers) feel threatened as they protect their nests, they may swoop to chase away people and pets who are perceived as predators.
Reports of swooping bird locations are encouraged so that we can warn the public and investigate problem areas. To reduce the chances of being swooped upon residents are encouraged to follow safety tips during the breeding season:
- Do not deliberately provoke the birds as this may make them more aggressive
- If you see birds swooping walk out of the bird's territory immediately – do not run. If you are riding a bike, get off immediately and walk out of the bird’s territory
- Avoid areas where birds swoop by taking an alternative route
- Wear a large wide brim hat and sunglasses, or carry an open umbrella. You can place eyes on the back of hats and umbrellas that may reduce the likelihood of the birds striking.
Please remember that it is against the law to harm native wildlife. If you need more information abour swooping birds in your area, please contact Council's Environmental Services Section on 9748 9999.