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 - 6 Wylah St, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
Silent assassin! North Bound Bermuda street, no squawking, gives your helmet a whack, and is very persistent. Swooped probably 5 times but then gave up at the bridge. Maybe they don't like silver helmets....

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 60 Vale Rd, South Bathurst NSW 2795
I was surprised to be attacked so early in the year. If you're a solo cyclist beware of this aggressive magpie, he let me pass then without warning or sound, then he swooped from behind hitting my head and neck while squawking profusely. This one physically hits you so it may be capable of drawing blood so again, I say, beware. I rode back via another route to avoid a repeat session. I was attacked last year with this one and it's more aggressive this time, perhaps it remembers me and has a "set" against me for some reason. I'd ride via Gormans Hill Rd to avoid it in future.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 23 Matina St, Narrabundah ACT 2604
3 or 4 swoops although no contact, followed me for 2 blocks. There's been a swooping magpie in this spot for the last few years, it doesn't seem to mind pedestrians but always goes after cyclists. It is VERY persistent. If it's not the same bird, it's trained its offspring very well!

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 66 Paul St, Brighton QLD 4017
I was riding a bicycle north on Paul St and got swooped twice. It did not make contact. Maggie was launching his attacks from the power line. I was surprised to see a maggie swooping in July so it caught me off guard.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 6 Lockhart Rd, Ringwood North VIC 3134
Very early this year, but I've been swooped by a magpie in this vicinity every spring for over 5 years now. He only touch my helmet on one occasion. always comes from behind and swoops low and circles back for 3-4 more dives. They take place for about a quarter of a block. Getting off my bike and walking doesn't seem to help. I go to a parallel street Goldsmith Ave sometimes to avoid the little bugger, and twice he's even spotted me there and swooped.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 98 Brighton Rd, Ripponlea VIC 3185
Saw Magpie on grass area in front of me, when i walked passed it is swooped me from behind and hit the side of my face causing it to bleed and resulted in 3x scratch marks. It then proceeded to try and swoop at me again.

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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

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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