Angry birds winging it
Magpie havoc: Here’s the scoop on where they swoop
SWOOPING magpies and plovers are still wreaking havoc on the streets of Brisbane, with new figures revealing the suburbs that walkers and cyclists should avoid.
The Sunday Mail can reveal South Brisbane has been home to the most bird attacks in the River City since 2016, followed by the up-market suburb of Ascot on the city’s north side.
The council has warned that breeding season could still be under way, with swoopings usually lasting for about six weeks of the year.
There were about 630 swooping attacks last financial year in Brisbane – more than a dozen every week.
Brisbane City Council’s environment, parks and sustainability chairman David McLachlan urged residents who were concerned about bird attacks to take alternative routes.
“Council proactively monitors known swooping loca- tions on footpaths, bikeways or in parks and installs signage during breeding season,” he said. “In rare cases, where a bird has attacked and injured someone, the State Government can provide permission for the bird responsible to (be relocated to) a more appropriate area.”
Cr McLachlan said magpies, plovers, butcherbirds, pee-wees and crows could be particularly aggressive in the breeding season, swooping up to 100m from their nests. Other swooping hot spots in Brisbane include Brighton on the city’s bayside and Paddington to the inner-west.
A spokesman for the Logan City Council said magpies and butcherbirds regularly attacked residents during breeding season. He said licensed contractors were employed by the council to “assess, trap and relocate” swooping birds harmlessly.
“On rare occasions noisy miners and crows have also (been) known to swoop Logan residents,” he said.
An Ipswich Council spokesman said they would only relocate a swooping bird if it posed a public health or safety risk, “for example, if a magpie is swooping near a school adjacent to a busy road”.
WATCH OUT: A magpie swooping a cyclist on TJ Doyle Memorial Drive in Brisbane's south. Picture: Liam Kidston