Swooping Magpies

Magpies swooping

Between July and November magpies breed and raise their young. The male from a breeding pair takes on the specific role of defending its eggs and young while they are in the nest and will swoop at a predator or competing magpie if it believes it is a threat to the safety of the chicks. This behaviour lasts for a period of about six weeks. Other native birds such as butcher birds and plovers may also swoop at people. Find out how to stay safe from swooping magpies (LINK -

Our new Magpie map above provides information about Magpie nesting areas in our region to avoid during Magpie Season. This tool was developed to minimise the risk of Magpie attacks in our region. By clicking on magpie pins, this will provide more details about each area. This map is a map of incidents for the Isaac Region. Please zoom (with your mouse and the zoom bottom left of the map) in on your town to see more detailed positions of incidents reported to date.

Report Swooping Magpies

Please report swooping Magpies to our Customer Service team so that we can continue to provide more information to our community. Please provide as much information as possible on the incident.

Contact us on the following methods;

Phone: 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27)


or visit your nearest Council office