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

3341 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 10A Connor Pl, Kambah ACT 2902
Was riding on Athllon to avoid the bird swooping on the bike path, but he found me anyway! Two very close swoops with beak clacks. I'm not sure if it made contact with my helmet - if it did, it was very light.

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Magpie attack on Dog Walker - 200 Griffith Rd, Newport QLD 4020
Walking dog between Constance Court and Defender and dog got swooped several times - this has happened twice now - the first time it chased us across to the other side of the road and kept attacking so we might have to change where we walk for awhile

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Uriarra Rd, Wright ACT 2611
Swooped while riding on the path under the trees from Wright towards Denman Prospect until roundabout, then I went to the opposite side and rode the path on Stromlo Forest Park side and started to swoop again while back down.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 2 Goodwin St, Laidley QLD 4341
Persistent swooping near the top of Railway Street, estimate the nest is on the right side close to Railway. Getting off bike, having cable ties attached to helmet and keeping eye contact helps.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 48 Bay St, Cleveland QLD 4163
Got swooped riding between Karen St and the footpath connecting Bay and Fitzroy. As far as I can tell the nest seems to be on the right side of the road so walking up the left side (towards Bloomfield) reduces attacks. Cable ties appear effective in reducing contact while on a bike.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 236 Cowlishaw St, Greenway ACT 2900
Saw a guy on a bike get swooped. Looked like it made minor contact with his right ear. He seemed fine though. Was in same spot later and saw a magpie which wasn't threatening. Not sure if it was the same bird. Might just be an anti-cyclist magpie? Poor cyclists...

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3341 Results

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!

Sign Up it's Free!

If you would like to contribute to magpiealert then please sign up. Benefits of signing up are:

  • Register swooping magpies in your area.
  • A personalised MagpieAlert home page showing attacks in your local area.
  • Comment on each others attacks.
  • Automatic alerting of new attacks in your area by email.
  • Adding your own stories to our stories and reviews section.

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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How to post swoops

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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...

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.

Your submission will appear here and in our stories section.

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