Magpie Swooping Season 2018!

Australia's social website to track aggressive swooping magpies in your area. If you are a cyclist, walker, runner or maybe a concerned member of the public then help protect others and share swooping magpie attacks on-line here!

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Swooping Magpie Attack Map across Australia for 2018

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Swooping Magpie Safety Tips

Below is a short list of safety tips that we've collected over the past 5 seasons from our readers that may help with preventing and avoiding a swooping magpie attack. Visit the Swooping Magpie Safety Tips page a full list of tips!

Magpies are protected throughout Australia, and it is against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young. If you feel a magpie is a serious menace, it should be reported to your local council. The aim of this service is to help members of the community avoid the over agressive birds by reporting them here.

2018 Attack Counts


Latest Magpie Attacks Across Australia

Magpie attack on Walker - 83 Belmont Rd, Kenwick WA 6107
I was not personally attacked but witnessed today’s attack and another one yesterday in the exact same spot about an hour earlier in the day compared to today’s attack. Having personally witnessed two attacks in two days in the exact same location I felt it worthwhile lodging them.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - JG Crawford Building, Acton ACT 2601
Thought this guy had stopped. Been riding through here for the last 3 weeks or so without any problems. This morning, thump, hit me from behind. contact but no injury. I think this magpie needs to check their calendar...

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 10 Garrell St, Caulfield North VIC 3161
This was the second time I was attacked here this year. On bike the bird - I don't think it was a magpie - relentlessly pecked away at my helmet for about 50m down the road. The other time, 2 birds were attacking me

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Magpie attack on Walker - 73 Grubb Ave, Traralgon VIC 3844
I was out walking when suddenly a magpie flew down at me. I looked up and realised he was circling and coming back for a second attempt. I only had my phone with me and no head protection, so tried to get away from trees to avoid being near a nest it was protecting. My plan didn’t work and it managed to swoop me 6 times in all. I crossed the road and looked for a house where a person might be home, but ended up under someone’s front verandah. I was going to call my husband to pick me up, when a car with two ladies who had seen me being swooped stopped and very kindly drove me home.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 12 Sharleen Ct, Bella Vista NSW 2153
Highly aggressive, and late in the season. It picked me out as I rode across the bridge, and then swooped multiple times as I continued northward on the east side, making contact with my helmet each time.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 60 Shirley Ln, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065
I had been avoiding this route after being attacked here the previous 2 years. I thought it was safe now but was swooped as I rode past. It was a very half hearted attack compared with the previous 2 years. It just swooped once, made a lot of noise and then flew back to its tree. In previous years it’s chased me a fair way along the lane and has hit my helmet.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Tiki Units, 42 Bayliss St, Toowong QLD 4066
Sitting up on the line right at the intersection. I watched him attach a turkey bird a few days prior, this time he came at me. I've seen him out of the corner of my eye a few times but I thought I was safe.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 3 Altandi St, Sunnybank QLD 4109
This bird has been nesting here for many years, so he's an expert at the swoop and loop pass. Swooped me as I was approaching the turn from Altandi St to Dunedin St, again as I was turning right and again about 20m up Dunedin St, making 3 swoops in <40m travelled. He shrieks and brushes your ear as he passes (after approaching silently), but doesn't claw or peck. His stretch of road is noted on Strava as 'Altandi Magpie Dash' and your best chance is to dash, just like it says.

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Tutorial: How to cable-tie your cycling helmet

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Your Stories

Jonny safe from cycling

I faced off against the M7 magpie and won!

I was on my usual 60km Sunday cycle route, cycling minding my own business when suddenly there was a snapping at my ear. I put my foot to the pedals and sped up, he came back for more and eventually gave up after about 150m.

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Did my cable tied cycling helmet work?

Well did my cable tied helmet work? Having been attacked the previous week I'm not afraid to admit that I was a wee bit hesitant!

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