Greater Shepparton City Council advises residents to be on alert for swooping magpies when out and about during the next couple of months.
Magpies breed between August and October and can swoop if they feel threatened.
Greater Shepparton City Council sustainable development director Johann Rajaratnam said magpies were native birds and the council could not stop them swooping or remove them from certain areas.
‘‘Swooping can occur any time of the year. However, it is increased in spring when the birds are protecting their nests,’’ Mr Rajaratnam said.
‘‘We encourage people to be on alert and aware of the areas that magpies reside in, where swooping may occur.’’