Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2021!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2021!

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!

2021 Attack Counts

 
2939
Attacks
 
334
Injuries
 

Selected: Australia

Beware resulted in injury!

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Recent Attack details for Australia

2939 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 57 Ratcliffe Cres, Florey ACT 2615
Very aggressive swooper. Hates people on bikes and will target kids over adults when we're in a group. Yesterday he scratched my daughter and drew blood, today he must have remembered that she has spikes on her helmet so he just clipped her arm. No injury.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 20 Forbes Dr, Aspendale Gardens VIC 3195
Attacked from behind by a magpie I didn't even see or hear beforehand. I was looking out in the area as there is a record of a previous attack here. He hit againt the cable ties on my helmet, so they might stop injury, but they certainly dont stop attacks! A friend advised to paint eyes on the back of my helmet. I think i might try that.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Person - Dowsett Park, 21A Caroline St, Kingsgrove NSW 2208
This is probably the 5th attack from the same bird. My 6yo daughter rode her scooter to the park instead of riding her bike, and wore a different helmet. She was hoping to disguise herself from the magpie. He attacked on our entry and exit to the playground with multiple swoops. He kept a watchful eye on the kids whilst they were playing, but was always skulking around nearby. I had brought three wriggling worms and a slice of ham as a peace offering. He wasn't interested. We walked out of the park backwards, holding sticks near our heads. The magpie still swooped!
Injured:No

Reported by:

2939 Results

Swooping Magpie Safety Tips

Below is a short list of safety tips that we've collected over the past 7 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!

  • If you are swooped while cycling get off of your bicycle, a large number of injuries reported on magpiealert.com are caused by accidents where cyclists fall off during an attack.
  • Keep an ear open for their distinctive calls.
  • It is important to try to stay calm, if you panic and flap then this is more likely to appear as aggressive behaviour and provoke a further attack.
  • Wear sun glasses and with large wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and eyes.
  • Face the magpie they tend to attack from behind so facing them should avert an attack. Remember to keep facing the bird as you walk out of their territory some birds will swoop as soon as you look away.
  • Warn other people where the magpies are swooping locally by registering the swoops with along with a description on our national mappie map!

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If you would like to contribute to magpiealert then please sign up. Benefits of signing up are:

  • Register swooping magpies in your area.
  • A personalised MagpieAlert home page showing attacks in your local area.
  • Comment on each others attacks.
  • Automatic alerting of new attacks in your area by email.
  • Adding your own stories to our stories and reviews section.

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.

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"Whether you are cycling, walking, running, skateboarding or just in your back yard we want to hear from you! So please take some time and record your attack here. Editor, MagpieAlert

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How to post swoops

See our easy to follow guide for help on how to post swoops magpies on magpiealert.com

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MagpieAlert in the News

We've been so busy this season, here's a collection of news articles and interviews with MagpieAlert.com.

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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.

Read what happens of my return journey...

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!

Read the full story here...

Add your own stories and reviews

We would very much like to hear from you if you have swooping magpie attack stories to share with Australia. Feel free to submit a review and pictures of your attempts to outwit and beat the magpies!

If you have any good tips then we will add them to our helpful safety tips sections.

Your submission will appear here and in our stories section.

Stories and Reviews

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