Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2020!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2020!

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!

2020 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

4651 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 120 McBryde Cres, Wanniassa ACT 2903
Travelling from Erindale towards McKinnon St, magpie came from McKinnon St direction and attacked from behind, swooping 3 or 4 times. Did not come in very close but followed me and swooped until I was past McKillop College.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 195 Antill St, Downer ACT 2602
This is a Currawong attack but I'm logging it here in the interests of public safety/sanity. This bird is quite aggressive and swooped me four times, making contact each time. It then moved on to the jogger running 10 metres behind me. This bird is busy and has drawn blood from other passers by. Canberra - you are never going to be safe!

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 92 Pearse St, Keperra QLD 4054
Attacked from behind as i reached the crest of the hill to enter the roundabout. Went straight for the neck - scratched but didn't break skin. Very aggressive. Swooped multiple times and tried to go for the ear when we tried to turn back. Only stopped swooping when I walked about 50 - 100m away. This bird has been attacking since mid August and hasn't stopped yet.

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Magpie attack on Person - 10 William Dr, Broadwater WA 6280
Playing in the playground when magpie started trying to attack my two year old. He didn’t make contact as I yelled at it and shooed it from her, then we left. There is a visible nest in one of the peppi trees in the middle of the park. The bird did not try to swoop my teenager or myself, just went for the little one.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 3 Haven Rd, Emu Park QLD 4710
this is the first attack by this bird for 2020. This is a known magpie attack area, but no attacks were recorded in 2019. Not sure if it is the same bird that has attacked in previous years. it did not hit me but looks like it has just started breeding and is getting aggressive

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 9 Sleeman St, Emu Park QLD 4710
this is the oak street magpie which is now attacking strongly again after a quiet period. first recorded attack on the 3rd September.So well into its 12 week of attacks. this is a highly aggressive and dangerous bird. it hit my left ear hard and took some skin off. be careful of this magpie and wear protection

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Magpie attack on Walker - 32 Tatchell St, Calwell ACT 2905
Not a magpie, but a currawong nesting in the median seems to have taken an exception to my daily walks. Has young in nest. First time last week chased me for several light posts, today just one warning swoop, no contact. Doesn't do it consistently, and only when I'm walking toward Ievers st and not in the other direction!

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Singleton Beach Rd After Mandurah Rd, Singleton WA 6175
Very aggresive bird, will continue to follow you after a couple swoops. Cheek was punctured by talens back of ear was also scratched. It has attacked me four times on seperate occasions. Each attack has an average of 4 swoops. The magpie comes from the east trees.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 25 Dyson St, South Perth WA 6151
Stroppy, squawking magpie attacked as I rode past. Possibly living in the large Jackaranda.I came back and it was initially on the ground pecking for food, then got airborne and had anther go at me. I removed my cable ties last week! Will have to put them back on...

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4651 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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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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