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 - 9 William Ct, Officer VIC 3809
On Princes highway, west-bound. 2 of the buggers taking it in turns to swoop. Multiple goes each. No contact, but that might have been because I waved my arm to put them off.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 115 Spring Rd, Hampton East VIC 3188
The nest outside our house has collapsed in this mornings heavy rain. At least one baby has survived and is in our hedge with it’s mother. The father is swooping at everyone who passes.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 5 Aldous Pl, Booragoon WA 6154
Riding my bike I was swooped about 8 times, and magpie made contact 4 times. Very close to left eye, and drew blood. This is a very aggressive magpie, and near a primary school.

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Magpie attack on Runner - 178 Clayton St, Bellevue WA 6056
Jogging along Clayton St (heading towards the hills) heard the sound of wings and saw a Magpie make one swoop at me before flying back up to the power line on the other side of road.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 12 Kogarah Ln, Reid ACT 2612
Walking North to Canberra Centre. Magpie swooped from behind. Hit me on the leftmost side of the eyebrow and cheek. It was bleeding from the scratch. Attacked me the second time on the right shoulder. Walked quickly away with a wooden stick up.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 48 Lockheed Circuit, St Clair NSW 2759
3 swoops on the way out of Lockheed Circuit and one on Bennett Rd. No contact, just a lot of beak snapping. On the way back at about 11.15 am 3 swoops while I was on Bennett Rd. I got off the bike and then he sat on the road sign at Lockheed until I started waking across the road and he swooped me again, then flew into his tree.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 109 Coalbrook St, Hermitage Flat NSW 2790
Angry bird. Won't make friends even when fed. Hits the helmet and does not like walkers or joggers. Has a large range and even tried an attack when I was entering the front door of my flat. He likes ham and cold chicken. Makes the first 100m starting off on the bike interesting. He started late so will be going for a while yet. Avoid if you can.

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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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