Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2023!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2023!

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!

2023 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

1933 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 394 Lillian Ave, Salisbury QLD 4107
Intel tells me there was a bogie in the area. Spotted this fella enter the area just ahead of me. Landed quietly on the powerline. Immediately I took evasive action and got off my bike. Kept eyes on this guy, but the minute I lowered my gaze, he'd initiate a swoop even while I was walking. He's a persistent dude! Just make sure you tell em you're watching with, "oiii. nah mate, don't you do that!" And just walk out of the area. His kids will grow up and he'll be happy he protected his missus. Until next year.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 25 Courtland St, Salisbury QLD 4107
You thought the Salisbury maggie was bad, wait till you meet the Salisbury Butcher Bird family! Geez they're agro! At least maggies stop trying to swoop if you lock eyes on them! This family of butcher birds had a nice go at me even with me stopped and giving them a stern counselling session on why violence doesn't help. They followed me with a few nice swoops and choice words for over 100m down the road. Guess I know who's boss of the area.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 52RF 6M Rydalmere NSW
Swooped 2-3 times by 2 maggies while cycling up the ramp parallel to Victoria Rd just before UWS. Another pedestrian walking same direction as me a little behind me was also swooped. A 3rd pedestrian walking in opposite direction (down the ramp) was not swooped. No injuries to me or pedestrian.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 61 Ropley Rd, Wynnum West QLD 4178
Was at Ropley Rd Park and multiple groups of magpies were continuously swopping both adults and kids over the couple of hours we were there. No blood drawn on any of our group.

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1933 Results

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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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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