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 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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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 10 Altandi St, Sunnybank QLD 4109
By Norris Park, travelling towards Runcorn. Swooped a couple of times from trees on the left side of the street,, once when I was on the bike (brushed my helmet) and once when walking away (plenty of squawking). I stopped suddenly and fell over when dismounting. Slight injury but that was more my fault!

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 4 Badgally Rd, Campbelltown NSW 2560
This was a real mother of a bird! Six, maybe seven swoops from in front and behind. All made contact and several with my glasses which were almost knocked off on one occasion. Probably the worst encounter I've ever had. I'd encountered, what I now assume to be, the same bird many weeks ago but on the other side of the road and coming downhill. On this occasion I was heading uphill and it was bit closer to Blaxland Road. Whatever the true situation it seems Badgally Road could be a no go from late August until late November.

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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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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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