Sep 20

Magpie Swooping Season

In Spring, Magpies are building nests in trees to raise their young and they come very protective of the surrounding area. Sometimes the male or female Magpie may swoop to protect their young from perceived threats. This usually only lasts about 6 weeks. 

Please note that Magpies are a beautiful native and protected species and causing harm to them or their nests is a criminal offence punishable by law.

If you do find that you are being swooped at whilst walking or cycling, make sure that you’re protected: 


1. Stay calm



2. Try to keep your eye on the Magpie



3. Back out of area if possible



4. Walk and don’t run



5. If you are on a bike, best to dismount and walk alongside it. 



6. Avoid the area if possible whilst the Magpies are active. 

About The Author

Claire is a QLD graduate with 19 years experience as a neighbourhood Veterinarian in Australia and the UK. Animal lover and the founder of VetChat, born from a passion to help pet carers everywhere access trusted advice earlier, for healthier, happier pets. Grateful to be carer to her beautiful Red-dog.