Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2020!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2020!

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!

2020 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

19 Results
Magpie attack on Runner - 17 Orvieto Rd, Seacliff Park SA 5049
I went for a run at lunch time, started to run from home to the beach and on the way to there I usually pass through a street with a park and lots of trees and birds (magpies included), but I’ve never had any problem there and I was not even thinking in that as we are not in the swooping season. But unfortunately there was a big magpie that started to swoop, without hurting me. Is stopped to run straight away and looked to him (I was with sunglasses) and he really stopped. Then once I started to run again he swooped again, so I had to stop again and walk for a while. He didn’t do anything else. On my way back home I came back through other street very nervous but was all ok.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Buln Buln Rd, Drouin East VIC 3818
Looked like a fairly young magpie. Swooped while walking on the two towns trail just before you cross the road at the 6km (from Warragul) marker. Swooped 3 or 4 times but didn't get overly close. Dude's a bit confused. It's March. Think I might avoid him for a few days.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 27 Pannam Dr, Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029
Little known that very large black RAVENS also try to attack you! Two in tall tree on south side Pannam Dv near Murdoch St. They give warning, a harsh croaking cry, before they swoop or walk along behind you! One likes to follow me sometimes. My sun visor, with large flowers, stops attacks. Ravens in another tall tree at the corner of McKellar

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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!

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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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!

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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.

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