Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2019!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2019!

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!

2019 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

3669 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 89 Kingsley Parade, Yeronga QLD 4104
Looked like a Butcher bird swooping but not making contact (perhaps waving my arms helped). I was walking up Days Avenue and it followed me around the corner into Kingsley Parade. My partner was swooped at the same place yesterday.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 22 Julius St, Pearce ACT 2607
One magpie swooped and chased a dog off its lead. The dog actually seemed to enjoy it and was playful. The bird never made contact with the dog. Walking in the same area, the bird did not go after any human pedestrians in the area.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 7 Brand St, Hughes ACT 2605
Riding east along the active path, noticed magpies and noisey miners create a scene. As I drew level I then realised one magpie was swooping me, no contact just reasonably close and calling. It repeated the swoops and calling two more times. First time I have been swooped here and I have ridden along this path in both the morning and afternoon regularly over the past few years.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Unnamed Road, ACT
Riding south along the trail beside the lake near the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Centre, approaching the strand of trees on the western side of the track. One swoop, with its chest making contact very gently with my left shoulder. I heard a beak snap after it pulled away from me. It then landed in the grass on the eastern side of the track. Only one swoop and no injury.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 7 Spring Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076
Whilst cycling up Spring Road Towards Kalamunda village a Magpie swooped persistently, following me from Bibulman track entrance for about 300m to past Dixon Road intersection.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000
I felt something brush my face near my right eye and realised it was a bird (assuming it to be a magpie). I was wearing contact lenses, the right of which was lacerated and required a visit to an optician to remove. Also my cornea was scratched which will take few days to heal.

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3669 Results

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!

  • 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!

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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