Swooping magpies warning

SWOOPING magpies are becoming a familiar site in the South East as the breeding season progresses.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources animal welfare manager Dr Deb Kelly said magpie breeding usually happens between August and October.

“Swooping starts as soon as the eggs are laid as the birds are highly territorial and swoop on any perceived threat to protect their nests from predators,” Dr Kelly said.

“Magpies are not malicious, but the males will swoop on humans and other animals if they feel threatened and their beaks and claws can do some damage.

“The best way to avoid being swooped will detour


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