Between the months of July and November we may come across swooping birds. While several birds are prone to swooping behaviours, Ipswich residents and visitors are most likely to encounter swooping Magpies (Gymnorhina tibice) and Plovers (Vanellus miles).
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.
Magpies and Plovers 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!).
To keep yourself safe and to protect our wildlife here are a few tips to follow:
Queensland Government Magpie Territory Poster (PDF, 104 kb)
Queensland Government Relocating Problem Magpies (PDF, 111 kb)
Queensland Government Swooping Magpies (PDF, 213 kb)
Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Plover Territory (PDF, 151 kb)
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