Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2019!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2019!

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!

2019 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

4048 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - Tourist Drive 5, Curtin ACT 2605
I was cycling in the bike lane on Cotter Road and heard a noisy magpie nearby and then it began swooping at me. It swooped six times, landed on the ground near me and swooped another two times. Although it came very close to me it did not hit me.

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Magpie attack on Person - 43 The Avenue, Mount St Thomas NSW 2500
Swooped by three magpies while outside our house. We are a family with young children. When I went outside I heard the magpie calls. Then I saw a shadow shortly after three magpies returned. At this time my oldest 3 year old, was swooped on the arm and has a bruise from one of the magpie.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 1 Phillips Pl, Wakerley QLD 4154
Swooped whilst walking the dog this morning twice roughly 30 minutes apart. Both times the Magpie took several swoops. Appears to be patrolling both sides of the block as I got swooped on both Friend and Phillips street

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Magpie attack on Walker - 5 Marwood St, Belmont QLD 4153
Waiting on a tree branch, he spied me down, (after swooping another lady walking in front of me) he waited till I passed him before he swooped from behind and clipped the back of my head. Do blood, but bruising and sharp pain.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Scrub Rd South near Oakley St, Carindale QLD 4152
Magpie patrolling the bus stop area next to Oakley St Attack occurred on two separate occasions: Swooped overhead regardless of being dismounted or on bicycle. However maintaining eye contact and backing away to a safe distance appears to work. Also appears to be a group of miners on the left side of the road alongside the bushland which chased the magpie away.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 197 Brighton Rd, Elwood VIC 3184
Was trying to cross the highway when I heard and felt something behind me - turned to see my first magpie attacker of the season mid-swoop and eyeing me off. I backed away and tried to placate it using a soothing tone but it kept eyeballing me, making warning sounds and attempting to swoop another couple of times while I quickly checked traffic to cross and get away. Eventually safely crossed the road and he thankfully didn't follow me up Fuller Road, unlike others in the past that have kept at me.

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4048 Results

Swooping Magpie Safety Tips

Below is a short list of safety tips that we've collected over the past 5 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!

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

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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.

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Did my cable tied cycling helmet work?

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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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