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 - 9 Tantallon Blvd, Beaconsfield VIC 3807
A magpie came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with alot of force while i was walking home from school. i ducked my head and kept walking but i turned around when it had stopped hitting me for a second and i rolled my ankle and fell backwards onto my wrist and fractured it. the magpie continued to hit me for a couple seconds when i was on the ground but it left shortly after that.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 34 Rix Rd, Officer VIC 3809
I walk along this road to get to school each day and most times for the past week ive been swooped by the same magpie. it comes from behind but never made too much contact. it is quite a nuisance really. it has a nest in a tree that is right along the path so it is about impossible to avoid without walking on a busy road

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 84 Board St, Deagon QLD 4017
Riding from Sandgate and struck hard on the left side of the head. Chased me for 50 meters and thought it was gone when it struck hard again on the helmet. Very aggressive bird.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 8 Margaret St, Glandore SA 5037
Heading east along the right footpath, there is this one lone magpie that would swoop close to an open front yard. Does not physically attack, but close enough that you can hear the click of its beak.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 2 Booker St, Keperra QLD 4054
Magpie unsighted until after it struck me on the top of my helmet. Though I’ve seen many magpie, including ones that have been reported on this sight, this was the first time that I’ve been swooped on since fitting several zip ties and sticking Collingwood magpie stickers to my helmet. But then I was wearing a yellow safety shirt and black cycling shorts and Richmond Tigers aren’t exactly flavour of the month, here in Brisbane. As I proceeded, it was swooping on other cyclists in Fihelly Street so it appears to have claimed a sizeable territory.

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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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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!

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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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