BAYSIDE COMMUNITY INFORMATION DIRECTORY

Magpies Swooping

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Web: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/TheAustralianMagpie.htm

Reduce your chances of being swooped:

  • Walk quickly and carefully away from the area, and avoid walking there when magpies are swooping.
  • Make a temporary sign to warn other people.
  • Magpies are less likely to swoop if you look at them. Try to keep an eye on the magpie, at the same time walking carefully away.
  • Wear a bicycle or skateboard helmet. Any sort of hat, even a hat made from an ice cream container or cardboard box, will help protect you.
  • Carry an open umbrella, or a stick or small branch, above your head but do not swing it at the magpie, as this will only provoke it to attack.
  • If you are riding a bicycle when the magpie swoops, get off the bicycle and wheel it quickly through the area. Your bicycle helmet will protect your head, and you can attach a tall red safety flag to your bicycle or hold a stick or branch as a deterrent.

    Area Served: NSW

    Keywords: Broad Community; Animal Nuisance and Pests

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