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Why do magpies keep swooping me?

Why do magpies keep swooping me?

“When the chicks have hatched, up to when they leave the nest, is when you see the bulk of the swooping behaviour,” Castley says. “It’s the birds responding to things they perceive as threats. That includes humans, dogs, cats, snakes and anything else the magpie decides is a threat to its chicks.”

Why do Magpies swoop me and not others?

If warnings are ignored, the adult male may try to conduct a near contact swoop aimed at the head (the magpie can break its own neck if it makes contact, so it is a strategy of last resort only). Magpie swooping is generally a defensive action taken when someone unknown approaches who the magpie believes intends harm.

Can you defend yourself against Magpies?

If there is a swooping magpie in your neighbourhood, take these simple measures to protect yourself and others: • walk through the magpie’s territory quickly – don’t run; • take a different route next time; • protect your head with an umbrella, hat or helmet; • wear glasses to protect your eyes; • watch the magpies …

What time of year do Magpies swoop?

Magpie swooping season tends to occur between August and October each year, however, each magpie pair will only swoop for around six weeks. There are a few tactics you can employ to try and ease the stress. The main tactic is to avoid any areas that you know have swooping magpies.

How do you ward off Magpies?

14 Proven Tips to Scare Off Crows (and Magpies) Fast

  1. 1- Create an Unattractive Location for Them.
  2. 2- Build A Scarecrow- It Works for A While.
  3. 3- Place Shiny Things Throughout the Yard.
  4. 4- Make Use of Distracting Sounds.
  5. 5- Bird Netting Can Do Wonders.
  6. 6- Install a Fake Dead Crow.
  7. 7- Place A Moving Owl Decoy.

How can I stop being swooped?

How to avoid getting swooped

  1. Travel in groups, as swooping birds usually only target individuals.
  2. Carry an open umbrella above your head.
  3. Wear sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat.
  4. If you ride a bike, walk it through magpie territory or have a flag on the back of the bike that is higher than your head.

How do you ward off magpies?

How do you fend off magpies?

How can I avoid being swooped by a magpie?

  1. Walk quickly, but don’t run.
  2. Protect your head with an umbrella, hat or helmet.
  3. Wear glasses or sunglasses to keep your eyes safe.
  4. Keep facing the magpie or its nest as you move away.
  5. Dismount your bike if you’re riding, and walk through the magpie’s territory.

How do you fight off magpies?


  1. Take the road less travelled. If your usual route takes you near a magpie’s nesting area, the best way to avoid being swooped is simply to change your route for those six weeks.
  2. Cover up. Protect your face and head by wearing sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat.
  3. Stay calm, and keep moving.
  4. Put up signs to warn others.

What do you do if a magpie attacks you?

If this happens, Professor Emeritus Jones advises people do something that will likely go against their instincts – turn and face the magpie. “Magpies only attack from behind. So, if, you get swooped, face the bird. It sounds crazy and dangerous, but it’s not, it’s the best thing to do,” he said.

How do I protect myself from swooping birds?

Top ten tips to protect yourself against swooping birds

  1. Know your local swooping hotspots.
  2. Avoid the area.
  3. Move quickly.
  4. Cover your head.
  5. Eyes at the back of your head.
  6. Do not harass wildlife.
  7. Do not destroy nests.
  8. Don’t feed swooping birds.

Do magpies remember you?

A key reason why friendships with magpies are possible is that we now know that magpies are able to recognise and remember individual human faces for many years. They can learn which nearby humans do not constitute a risk. They will remember someone who was good to them; equally, they remember negative encounters.