Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2021!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2021!

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!

2021 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

37 Results
Magpie attack on Person - 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
My friend and I were visiting the Paddock bakery when a megpie hit my left eye with its claws. We were sitting on the outside area, chatting and enjoying ourselves when the attack happened. The Result: a week of antibiotics, a very bad scratch in my eye, 3 days off work...

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Magpie attack on Person - 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
I was on the outside sitting area of the bakery chatting with a friend when a magpie attacked me. It came out of nowhere and hit my left eye. I have got a bad injury in my eyeball. The bird was swiping other people there too, but I believe that I was the only one that got hurt.

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Magpie attack on Person - 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
I was attacked in the eye by a Magpie-Lark inside the cafe "Paddock Bakery" on the Gold Coast. I went to the cafe with my husband to celebrate our first baby's 12 weeks ultrasound we did a few minutes before. Seconds before my attack, the same bird attacked another guy also in the eye. We were in the outside area of the cafe, close to the main entrance. After the attacks, one of the employees said it was not the first time, and they already contacted the council. They also said that they have warning signs in the cafe about the birds but didn't see any. I posted what happened to me in a Brazilian Facebook group, and a girl sent me a picture of her boyfriend who was attacked at the same cafe.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 2 Pacific Parade, Bilinga QLD 4225
I was just bike riding along the beach when all of a sudden the magpie started squawking at me and then flew straight in front of my face and went up to a nearby tree, it was about to do it again but it just stayed there.

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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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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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