Australian Veterinary Association's Tips to Avoid Magpie Attacks

Native birds such as Australian Magpies are highly protective of their eggs, nest and young and will often swoop at unsuspecting passers-by if they feel threatened.

President of the AVA’s Avian special interest group, Dr Kimberley Earl said that some magpies can become highly aggressive during breeding season, from late August to early October.

“Other native Australian birds that are also common culprits include butcherbirds, kookaburras and plovers, but even invasive species like Indian Mynas can attack at this time of year. We’re lucky to live in a country where we share our suburbs with such amazing birds, so we simply need to find a way to live in harmony,” Dr Earl said.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while outdoors during swooping season.

Photo by Getty Sep 3, 2012

10 ways to avoid Magpie attacks

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  1. Pebbleb11:28am Monday 10th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What stupid idea's Just take some mince balls and give them a feed and they will be friends for life waving a stick throwing a ball will make them more aggressive