Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2024!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2024!

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!

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Recent Attack details for Australia

41 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 322 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australi?
Was walking, suddenly felt something hit my face and felt my eye hurting shortly after, my contact fell out of my eye and it was sliced in the middle. half an hour later the pain in my eye has lessened and no permanent damage has occured luckily.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 25 Acacia St, Brisbane Airport QLD 4008
Swooped at on approach to aircraft viewing area and on return back on Acacia Street. First noticed Maggie flying close behind me then it landed on a lamppost. Had another go at me as I rode back past. I was travelling fairly quick, not sure if it tried to hit me, didn’t get any contact anyway.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 4 Short St, Fremantle WA 6160
I was walking to car from an appointment. As i reached the car a bird swooped and struck my eye. Continued attack on my wife who ducked. Unfortunately I was not wearing sun glasses or hat. Beak penetrated eye with bad bleeding so went to doctor. Fortunately only eyeball hit.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 1 Macquarie St, Teneriffe QLD 4005
Walking along Teneriffe river walk, between ferryman's hut and Merthyr road. Bird nesting in mangrove trees next to river, flew across walkway and into my face. It managed to bruise my left eye and lower eyelid.

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Magpie attack on Runner - 5XGH M4 Melbourne VIC
Wasn’t a magpie, but one of those tiny fake magpies. Dive bombed me and the person running in front of me. Got some speed on this one and managed to run away, might need to buy some new shoes though because I’ve never run so fast in my life!

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Swooping Magpie Safety Tips

Below is a short list of safety tips that we've collected over the past 7 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!

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If you would like to contribute to magpiealert then please sign up. Benefits of signing up are:

  • Register swooping magpies in your area.
  • A personalised MagpieAlert home page showing attacks in your local area.
  • Comment on each others attacks.
  • Automatic alerting of new attacks in your area by email.
  • Adding your own stories to our stories and reviews section.

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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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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