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

4447 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 4 French St, Capalaba QLD 4157
My 3yr old was putting twigs in the fire pit and the bird hit him in the back Of the head, we then had to try and shoo him away which didn’t work he just kept squawking at my son, we had to let our dog out to get rid of it so I could get my son inside

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 22 Binalong Rd, Pendle Hill NSW 2145
Lots of chirping, and not too close to my head, but multiple swoops. I'd say the main risk for this one is if it distracts you while you're negotiating the intersection in traffic on busy Binalong. Take care, and I'd say avoid the area for the next month or so if you're tired or wobbly.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 7 Verne Ct, Templestowe VIC 3106
Was walking through Verne Ct with my bike beside me and helmet on. Saw a magpie fly quite low, but wasn't sure. As I walked into and through the park with my bike, the bird would swoop, fly off, swoop, fly off, 8 or so times. I didn't feel any contact but could feel/hear the swoop. Was my first time being swooped so it properly freaked me out.

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Magpie attack on Person - 44 Hyacinth St, Inala QLD 4077
Again swooped out of nowhere, no sound or warning and came close. Sat on powerlines and just looked as I hopped off scooter and walked away. Was fine after that.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 32 Lahrs Rd, Ormeau QLD 4208
Unprovoked attack on innocent, vegetarian bike rider. Particularly vicious assault, approx 8 swoops with 3-4 contacts made with my helmet. I threw my bike at it and we had a Mexican stand off for approx 10 mins, it flew away so I consider myself the winner. I'm sure I'll hear its war call in my dreams tonight and probably the rest of my life.

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4447 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!

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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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MagpieAlert in the News

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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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