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 Cyclist - 42 Florence St, Carina QLD 4152
Magpie swoops my son twice a day morning and afternoon on the way to Mayfield State School and back. He is 3 years old and rides a push bike with a helmet which apparently annoys the bird. Never attacks me, I walk right next to my son.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 50 Oatley Ct, Belconnen ACT 2617
Aggressive swooping from the belconnen way and coulter drive intersection along the dirt path and out front of the baskerball center. He missed the first time but connected every other time and left beak/claw marks on my helmet. 8-10 swoops total

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 1 Amberdale Rd, Blakeview SA 5114
Male magpie swooped 5x. Very aggressive, nests every year. Just be cautious if you ride your bike along the rode or bike/pedestrian path near blakes crossing. Cable ties didn't seem to keep him at bay either.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 31 Hill St, Glenrowan VIC 3675
After having lunch, I tried to avoid the area where I came across two of them one hour ago, so I took Hill St, but one of them attacked me several times, even peaking my helmet a couple of times. I don't know if it was one of the ones that had attacked me earlier or a different one. Be careful.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 32 Fletcher Parade, Bardon QLD 4065
I'm regularly swooped by a butcher bird when cycling. I was once walking on the next street with children and it caused a scratch on the bridge of my nose which bled. Assumed to be the same bird given proximity to other attacks.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 2 Eastpark Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212
Magpie has a strong dislike for children, especially those on scooters and bikes. Will aggressively swoop children as they go past. This magpie has been attacked previously by children itself. It has lived in the area for a number of years, swooping has gotten worse.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 38 Gladstone St, Glenrowan VIC 3675
I was riding my bicycle looking for a place to have lunch when I was surprised by two of them after turning onto the left next to a park. They were quite aggressive and chased me for some meters. Please be careful if you ride around this area.

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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!

  • 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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