Aggressive birds

Aggressive birds
Read about the ways in which you can address problems relating to aggressive birds in residential areas.  

Birds can sometimes become a problem in residential areas in a couple of situations. During nesting season some birds, particularly magpies, butcherbirds and noisy miners can become very territorial and may swoop on people who come too close to their nests. This period is usually short (only 4 to 6 weeks) and can be managed best by avoiding the area. If this is not possible, try maintaining eye contact with the birds or wear sunglasses on the back of your head. 

Birds can also become a problem when they are being fed by humans. Instead of foraging for and eating a wide range of natural foods, birds become dependent on processed seeds, bread and other foods which will affect their health. Animals which expect to be fed by people can also become aggressive and destructive. Cockatoos are well known for destroying timber structures! Instead of feeding the birds, attract them to your garden by using native plants and providing a source of water.

​More information

NSW National Parks has a fact sheet on the Australian Magpie​. 


For more information, contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000.