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

4048 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 73 Port Hacking Rd, Sylvania NSW 2224
Magpie swooped at me several times from the powerlines above. Wasn't detered from me looking at it, or my sunglasses and hat which I was wearing. I've walked down this section of Port Hacking Rd several times in the past week and not had this happen. Might be a new bird, or I just got unlucky. Seemed quite aggressive and followed me the whole block, swooping me 6 times in a row

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Magpie attack on Walker - 236 Lloyd St, Enoggera QLD 4051
I have been attacked by this same magpie constantly since the beginning of August. I thought it had stopped and it has suddenly decided to start swooping me again. Very aggressive magpie. Make sure you wear a hat or take an umbrella when walking on Lloyd street!

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 32 Cottell St, Bundaberg North QLD 4670
It waits on the light post at the roundabout. It came up behind me and kept pace as I was riding. I had a hooded shirt on and assumed it couldn't get me but it just started to peck my left ear through the material. It didn't hurt very much. I was more shocked by the sheer surprise of it grabbing at or pecking my ear than hurt. I admit that in my overconfidence I chuckled at it being unable to get me when it got me, so karma got me there.

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4048 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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"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

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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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