Living with wildlife

Brisbane’s native animals and birds play an important role in our city’s biodiversity and it is an offence to harm them. They help to control pest insects and spread native vegetation. While some native animals can have nuisance behaviours, such as swooping magpies and noisy crows, the benefits of living with wildlife outweigh the negative impacts.

If you find a sick, injured and/or orphaned wild animal, phone the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).

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Swooping birds

Between July and December some of Brisbane’s native bird species may become defensive and swoop people who venture too close to their nesting site. 

Brush turkey

Find out about the Australian brush turkey, its habitat, problems they can cause and what you can do to discourage them from your yard.

Australian White Ibis

Find information about the native Australian White Ibis, including its habitat, problems they can cause, what Council is doing to control them, and what you can do to discourage them from your garden.

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Magpies

Find out about the Australian magpie, its important role in natural pest management, their swooping habits and how you can protect yourself.

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Noisy miner

The noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala), also known as the mickey bird or soldier bird, is a native Australian bird and is protected under State Wildlife Legislation (Nature Conservation Act 1992). It is a serious offence to harm noisy miners.

Torresian crow

Find out about the local Torresian crow and its important role in natural pest management, habitat, problems they may cause and what you can do to help.

Flying-foxes

Find out about South East Queensland's flying fox species and what Council is doing to manage their impacts on our society.