Between the months of July and November we may come across swooping birds. These birds are often displaying dominant behaviours during the breeding season. While several birds are prone to swooping behaviours, Ipswich residents and visitors are most likely to encounter swooping Magpies (Gymnorhina tibice) and Plovers/Maked Lapwing (Vanellus miles).
Other swooping birds include the Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis), grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguinae), Torresian Crow (Corvus orru), Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) and Magpie-lark/Peewee (Grallina cyanoleuca).
Swooping is a natural behaviour for these types of birds to protect their eggs and young. Male Magpies play the protective parenting role and are more likely to swoop. Magpies nest their eggs and young in larger trees, while Plovers use large open spaced areas including school grounds, ovals and football fields.
All native wildlife are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and harming these native birds is against the law. Many native animals including these two bird species play a vital role in our ecosystem health, including feeding on many insects (such as midges and mosquitoes!).
Council has developed an aggressive native bird procedure. This procedure sets a framework on how council will manage the risks to the community from aggressive native birds. It takes into account factors such as location, severity and duration of the behaviour. Council uses a range of mitigation approaches including signage, education programs and, in extreme circumstances, bird assessment and potential relocation by a suitable qualified fauna consultant.
To report a swooping bird call Ipswich City Council on (07) 3810 6666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep yourself safe and to protect our wildlife here are a few tips to follow: