Swooping season has begun as magpies protect their young
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is reminding people that it’s the time of the year when there is an increased risk of swooping magpies.The NPWS receives many phone calls about swooping magpies at this time of year, and reports have already been received from around the Sydney.
Magpies are very protective parents and they may swoop anyone seen as an intruder who might harm their chicks.
In the vast majority of cases the swooping is simply bluff, however sometimes people can receive minor head injuries as a result of swooping magpies.
The protective behaviour lasts only a few weeks. For the rest of the year the magpie is peaceful and valuable as an insect eater, renowned for its pleasant warbling.
Magpies are a protected species and it is against the law to kill them, collect their eggs, or harm their young.
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