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

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 64-74I Clyde Rd, Berwick VIC 3806
Walking holding 3 y/o's hand on his balance bike, magpie landed next to us as we turned to look, it flew up and went straight for my sons eye, as he dropped screaming, it then continued to attack his back. He sustained a penetrating eye injury and needed more than 4 hours of emergency surgery, his lens removed, 14 stiches, 2 further surgeries, and years ahead of rehabilitation with limited sight.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 1 Grove St, Albion QLD 4010
Swooped multiple times by a magpie while riding my bike to work. It didn't give any warning and came from behind. Lucky me it was a sunny day and I could see his shadow on the ground and managed to dodge it - it would have hit me otherwise.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 2 Yuruga St, The Gap QLD 4061
Aggressive swoops occurring to passerby's whether walking, cycling, skating.... Magpie is based on Kullaroo Street behind the Anglican Church. Watch out folks, it sits high in the tree to survey the area and is swooping from dawn to sunset.

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Magpie attack on Person - Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne VIC 3000
Standing at the tram stop, was completely shocked when i suddenly felt something hit me with force on the side of my head, when I got my bearings I opened my eyes and saw a magpie staring at me. This attack resulted in ruptured capillaries on the right side of my eye. Doctor confirmed slight scratches on my cornea and required eye drops to prevent infection.

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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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