Some native birds swoop during their breeding season. For example, magpies may defend their nest within a 100m radius during breeding, which is typically between June and November.

What can you do?

  • To reduce the risk of harm, where possible, choose an alternate route.
  • If you cannot avoid the area, wear a hat, sunglasses or open an umbrella.
  • Cyclists should dismount from their bikes - increased speed may increase aggression.

The Queensland Nature Conservation Act (1992) protects native birds, their nests and their eggs. Please do not provoke birds as it may increase aggression.

In areas where magpies are known to nest, Council will alert residents by installing signage. Council will also respond to reports of aggressive birds and may relocate birds from some areas.

Please refer concerns about native birds on private property to the Department of Environment and Science, on phone 1300 130 372.

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