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 - 132 Fulham Rd, Alphington VIC 3078
My two children were swooped on their bikes riding home from school. The magpie is a week later than previous years making us think we might get a reprieve but no. Three months of misery coming up!

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 10 Kempsea Ave, Rosslyn QLD 4703
the kemp beach magpie is back. I was riding on the new bikepath and it swooped me 4 times hitting helmet twice. this bird has been here for years and will cause injury and is very persistent. Usually attacks until mid December

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 45 Ebden St, Ainslie ACT 2602
Swooped whilst riding northbound on Ebden Street. The magpie was fighting with another bird as I cycled past, before swooping me once. I'm not sure if would have happened without that happening though, it's pretty early in the season and I wasn't swooped here at all last year.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Unnamed Road, Maroubra NSW 2035
While I was crossing the park during a walk with my baby in his pram I suddenly received a beak strike on my temple, 2sec later a wing swoop on my chick then an other beak hit next to my eye. I then wore my hoodie and walked faster but the bird kept on following me, swooping from the side.

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Magpie attack on Runner - 113 Tom Roberts Ave, Banks ACT 2906
Running on the footpath. One swoop from behind out of nowhere - landed in the tree above me and just sat there. Swooped me again 30 mins later on my way back, but it did not swoop a woman and her dog that just walked in the same spot (I watched them come up the street to check then I got swooped 2 mins later). There was no bird in this spot last year.

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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.

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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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