Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2022!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2022!

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!

2022 Attack Counts

 
3332
Attacks
 
460
Injuries
 

Selected: Australia

Beware resulted in injury!

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Recent Attack details for Australia

3332 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 14 Soudan St, Coburg VIC 3058
Swooped by two different magpies as I walked along Soudan Street, Coburg. First one fully smacked into my head, thankfully it hit my bun so I wasn't clawed but got the full weight of the bird hitting the top of my head. Very aggressive. Second bird just gave a warning swoop.
Injured:Yes

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Walker - 60 Kuran St, Chermside QLD 4032
I was in Burnie Brae park riding the sea saw when a vicious magpie suddenly swooped me. It crashed down onto the right side of my head, a thunder-like impact, and dug its claw into my right eyebrow, causing bleeding. Needless to say, it was terrifying. I then (mistakenly) stood up and began to raw away. At this point, Mr. Magpie swooped AGAIN and struck me once more, injuring me further. I then ran away with my lovely, and unscathed, fianceé.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 21 Haven Rd, Emu Park QLD 4710
magpie came out of nowhere and swooped aggressively. no contact but first recorded attack at this location this year. has been known here in past years though
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 140 Dixon Dr, Holder ACT 2611
Repeatedly attacked me and injured me in 4 spots around my ears and face. Continued to swoop me aggressively whilst I was off the bike and watching and walking away. I have not cycled in this area previously.
Injured:Yes

Reported by:

3332 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 magpiealert.com 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!

Sign Up it's Free!

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.

Register Swoopings!

"Whether you are cycling, walking, running, skateboarding or just in your back yard we want to hear from you! So please take some time and record your attack here. Editor, MagpieAlert

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How to post swoops

See our easy to follow guide for help on how to post swoops magpies on magpiealert.com

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MagpieAlert in the News

We've been so busy this season, here's a collection of news articles and interviews with MagpieAlert.com.

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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.

Stories and Reviews

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