Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2023!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2023!

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!

2023 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

3082 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - Federation Trail, Laverton North VIC 3026
Swooped both going out and coming back while cycling Federation Trail on Sunday. Aggressive bird hit my helmet hard - at least 5 times (both times). Followed me for about 200 meters. Seems a bit unusual for this time of the year, being almost December.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 18 Jones Rd, Brooklyn VIC 3012
Large bird swooped 4 times and chased me for some distance, probably another 200 meters. Didn't clip my helmet but came pretty close a few times. Not as energetic as other times I've been swooped by magpies, but still was a bit frightening experience.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 55 Murnong St, Point Cook VIC 3030
relaxing ride to town centre interrupted by unexpected attack from the back. pecked just above the ear and flew 20 metres away. a bit painful, but realised blood was drawn too only when i saw my reflection in the post office window. cheeky bugger - must be new to the area

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Magpie attack on E-Scooterist - 75 Bannister Rd, Canning Vale WA 6155
Bird was coming for me from over the road, head height, and making its attack noise. I waved my one arm infront of my arm to disturb it and it flew up and rested on the light pole above me, I was on my electric scooter and took off when the green crossing man allowed me to cross the road safely, I head the bird follow me and then gave up as I travelled along Baile road away from its nest.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 15 Yellow Box St, Maidstone VIC 3012
Swooped three times when walking in a northerly direction next to park. Hadn't been swooped when going the opposite way. It was a Noisy Mynah - it followed me for three trees until I crossed the road.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Quest Rockingham, 22 Flinders Ln, Rockingham WA 6168
I was walking in the park upon returning to the Quest Hotel a magpie attacked me cutting my forehead almost got my eye. It happened two more times I had to avoid the Quest hotel front entrance for my safety. I observed them swooping numerous people just walking by.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 72-74 Parramatta St, Cronulla NSW 2230
i was walking alone to the local takeaway shop wearing a hat and luckily sunglasses from the corner of parramatta street and richmount street. there i was swooped by a bird, there was kookaburras and magpies in the area, one of them swooped directly towards my right side of my face hitting its beak on my sunglasses. i immediately noticed a sign seconds afterwards and turned around and walked the other way realizing what just occurred.

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Magpie attack on E-Scooterist - 60 Perry Dr, Chapman ACT 2611
Magpie near the chapman shops and Thring street will occasionally swoop you if your not moving away from its nest area fast enough. It doesnt always swoop, atleast thats been my experience with it so far as i ride my Escooter to and from work at the school everyday and dont always get swooped. So if your if that area just be cautious cause it tends to just randomly decide to.

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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 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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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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MagpieAlert in the News

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

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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...

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