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 Cyclist - 53 Manning Pl, Currans Hill NSW 2567
Saw him as I approached the roundabout down Currans Hill Drive...then he was gone and as I was turning right around the roundabout onto Hartley Road he swooped twice, maybe three times making solid contact twice and getting my ear on one occasion. Lasted about 90-100m.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 7 Dean St, Toowong QLD 4066
Swooped 6-7 times walking along Dean St with my baby in a pram. It was very aggressive; as I was trying to get away it got me next to the eyes with its claws or beak and drew blood. This area is very unsafe especially for those with small children/prams/babies. Was also attacked about a month in the same area.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Unit 6/28-30 McClelland Ave, Lara VIC 3212
I was walking in the park next to the house (looking into the house because it's on sale) and the magpie hit in the face from behind (got blood out of me and a long scratch in the face), I think it doesn't want me as neighbour

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 580 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
A couple were crossing on their bicycles at the intersection where Queen Street becomes Wickham Street heading towards the Valley. A magpie wouldn't stop swooping and pecking at the man at the front who was wearing a bright orange helmet, but it left his partner alone who was wearing a white helmet, seemed to also ignore people walking

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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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