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 Runner - 25 Ward Ave, Greenmount WA 6056
Out for a morning run and was swooped by 2 magpies. Not aggressively, they just seemed to be letting me know that I was on their street. The closest they got to me was only a meter or so.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 66 Prestige Ave, Bella Vista NSW 2153
Magpie hit me on the ear, lucky I was turning the other way and it didn't cut me, still hurt. Stopped and it kept attacking me, even when I had a stick raised above my head it was still swooping at my body.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 21 Jabiru Dr, Mango Hill QLD 4509
This magpie has been swooping twice a day every single weekday for 2 months during my commute by bicycle to the train station. Today I almost hit a wooden post trying to keep my eye on the bird as it swooped around me. It has previously drawn blood on my cheek.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 89 Boyanda St, Wishart QLD 4122
Attacked heading south at 4.50am. No attack heading north at 5am. Swooped going south two days in a row at same place. No warning sounds, just a snap at the left ear again. No contact and gave up quickly after rounding the corner.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 1 Haven Rd, Emu Park QLD 4710
this magpie has not attacked for 2 years but seemed to have started again. however it is very late. this is definitely the first attack this year as I ride this route every day... and we are well ,into November!! very aggressive and hit helmet twice.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 24 Aldan Pl, St Clair NSW 2759
Early morning walk down Aldan Pl St Clair when swooped 3 times by Magpie. No injuries but a lot of snapping with its beak and flapping of wings. This nesting season has started early in our area. August/September and still going now in mid November.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 90A Boyanda St, Wishart QLD 4122
Swooped at 4.50am, heading south. There was an adult and two juveniles on the ground, i went past and a few seconds later there was a snap at my ear. No contact, no warning and it gave up after one swoop after I rounded the next corner. No swoop at 5.05 when heading north.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 24 Stowport Ave, Crace ACT 2911
Magpie attack from high right on Stowport Ave in Crace, near the large tree where his nest is. Hovered over my head for about 5-10 seconds, then spotted another target across the road. Not too vicious, just a warning shot.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Argyle Ave, Chelsea VIC 3196
I avoided this spot for over 6 weeks, only to pass by again today and be attacked by the same bird. I see the council is aware of the situation as they've put up warning signs to absolve themselves of liability, but taken no action to remedy the situation and remove this dangerous nuisance. It's really not good enough for an area heavily used by families.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 101 Argyle Ave, Chelsea VIC 3196
Another cycling attack here after avoiding the area. Plenty of people walking so seems to attack cyclists. Two birds this time. Sustained a dislocated knee after coming off my bike hard as a result.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 252 Christine Ave, Burleigh Waters QLD 4220
Walking from the bus stop opposite Christine corner towards Silvabank drive. Swooped 2 times on my right, which made contact and left 3 small cuts on my right ear. Swooped once on my left, which made contact but no injury. I ran!

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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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