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

4024 Results
Magpie attack on Dog Walker - 48 Islander Dr, Encounter Bay SA 5211
Not a magpie strike but two spur wing plovers swooped me and my dog on Lakeside Circuit Encounter Bay. They swooped multiple times at everything that moved including other birds in the area. They were gone by late afternoon but are probably still in the area as they hatch chicks on the ground.

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Magpie attack on Dog Walker - 3 Glenbrae Cl, Wynn Vale SA 5127
Magpie swooped my daughter multiple times when she was on the playground and continues swooping her as she ran to me. Its feet made contact with her head, luckily she was wearing a hat or she would've been injured!

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 18 Spinnaker Blvd, Newport QLD 4020
Spinnaker Boulevard at Newport Scarborough just past the roundabout (going west) at Izba - swooped once and came back for a second look but no contact made. My first swoop for the season.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 24 Cohen St, Belconnen ACT 2617
Cyclist - one aggressive, prolonged magpie attack from corner of Cohan and Josephson streets from the Ford dealership until end of Josephson street at the Toyota dealership. Headphones pulled out of ears, pecked on ear (drew blood) and scratches on side of face.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Unit 8/20 Rokeby Terrace, Taringa QLD 4068
Cyclist in front of me was attacked by a butcher bird whilst cycling along Rokeby Tce. Just one swoop. I was 20 metres behind but wasn't swooped this time. I have been swooped here by a butcher bird over the past few years. He hits your helmet hard!

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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.

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

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MagpieAlert in the News

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

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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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