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

 
1664
Attacks
 
197
Injuries
 

Selected: Australia

Beware resulted in injury!

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Recent Attack details for Australia

1664 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 50 Clarence Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212
I taped two small flags to my helmet and he swooped twice. Once from the front and once from the rear. He never hit me but got within a metre both times. I think the flags scared him off.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 12 Parer St, Kings Park NSW 2148
Cycling along M7 cycle way I was attacked. Bird was quite agressive and swooped many times but never made contact with halmet. Few days ago attacked as well in the evening around 5 pm same location.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 4 Tate St, O'Connor ACT 2602
Walked my bike from Miller St down Tate St to avoid being swooped by the two birds that live outside 51 Miller. Mounted my bike and started riding a little bit down Tate St and was casually swooped twice by one bird, with contact on my helmut both times.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 1 Haven Rd, Emu Park QLD 4710
magpie swooped me several times but did not make contact. Has been known at this site 2 years back, but was not active much last year. maybe just warming up though
Injured:No

Reported by:

1664 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 magpiealert.com 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.

Register Swoopings!

"Whether you are cycling, walking, running, skateboarding or just in your back yard we want to hear from you! So please take some time and record your attack here. Editor, MagpieAlert

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How to post swoops

See our easy to follow guide for help on how to post swoops magpies on magpiealert.com

Help Guide

MagpieAlert in the News

We've been so busy this season, here's a collection of news articles and interviews with MagpieAlert.com.

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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.

Stories and Reviews

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