Magpies – Swooping

Magpies are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act and it is illegal to harm them. The City has no jurisdiction in the care, management or relocation of aggressive magpies during the nesting season; the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions – Parks and Wildlife Service manages all native fauna within the City of Joondalup.

In extreme cases, a particularly aggressive magpie may have to be removed from a site. Individual cases must be assessed by Parks and Wildlife Service.

Nesting season usually occurs between August and November.

Any concerns can be reported to the Department’s Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055 or alternatively the Parks and Wildlife Service website has some interesting information regarding living with magpies.

Magpies – Swooping

August to November is nesting season for magpies and occasionally male magpies become territorial to protect their young and may swoop if they think the nest or offspring are in danger. If you are swooped by a magpie, stay calm, do not run and avoid looking towards swooping birds.

To assist residents and visitors, the City encourages the public to report incidents involving territorial magpies which will be added to a register and available on the City’s website.

Please use this information in planning your travels within the City.

The City is aware of swooping magpies in the following locations:



Other information

Date reported

Beldon Haddington Park 14 October 2021
Burns Beach Burns Beach Park 6 October 2021
Craigie Otago Park 7 October 2021
Craigie Warrandyte Park 10 January 2022
Currambine Caledonia Park 4 October 2021
Greenwood Calectasia Park 17 September 2021
Heathridge Admiral Park 18 October 2021
Hillarys Maquire Park 19 October 2021
Hillarys New England Drive 20 October 2021
Kingsley Forest Hill Park 5 October 2021
Kingsley Whitechapel Lane 18 October 2021
Padbury Newcombe Park 30 August 2021
Sorrento Tom Walker Park 21 October 2021