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

2938 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 18 North St, Dubbo NSW 2830
Continually swooped me down North Street. Will land right next to you then swoop from the ground. Doesn’t care if you are looking. Gets close but didn’t make contact. Persistent little bugger!!

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 15 Victor Cl, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
Multiple close swoops even after accepting beef strips. I'm thinking this is the next generation - this one has a much larger territory, is more aggressive, and continues to swoop even after feeding.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 15-3 Pendraat Parade, Hope Island QLD 4212, Australien
On Bicycle. Got swooped and followed about 200 metres. Tried to swoop me again 2 hours later on the way back. This time I spotted him, stopped and faced him. He tried several times to get behind me to attack me from the back. No luck. Another bike rider passed and he followed him. Then I walked on, but the magpie came back. He didn't let go until I was out of sight behind a building.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 270 Hannell St, Maryville NSW 2293
Riding home, from Newcastle foreshore area. Had crossed Hannell Street where the traffic lights are, south of the Elizabeth Street roundabout from the east side of Hannell, to the west side. Saw magpie on ground, to my right, on creek side, on west side Hannell. The magpie didn't swoop me but did fly above me to the trees. So i stopped, looked up at it, and took my helmet off, to indicate to magpie that i wasn't a threat to it. The magpie wasn't aggressive but i could hear it talking to me, in its language. No one else around at that moment, until another male cyclist rode past, going east. As i stepped away, the magpie went after him and swooped him. As I continued my ride west, i was able to warn some other cyclist that a magpie is near the bridge. As for its nest, couldn't see one, and don't know where it is. Surprisingly, it didn't get me earlier, when i rode through the area, going east, on my way to the foreshore.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Sporting Field, 66 Garnet St, Cooroy QLD 4563
Magpie swooped twice but did not make contact. I held a stick above my head to prevent it coming any closer but it did not want to give up. I was walking away from it and it still kept coming toward me (swooped on opposite side of road to sports fields). My partner was swooped a few days ago when we walked to the Cooroy Hotel for dinner with our small children. The magpie connected with my husbands head three times (once on the top of his head, once on his ear and then again at his temple - drawing blood each time). I only went the same way today because men were cutting trees between our street and Oak Street so I couldn't get home otherwise. Be very careful or avoid altogether. I had a hat on when walking today and a pram.

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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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  • Register swooping magpies in your area.
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  • 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...

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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.

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