Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2020!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2020!

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!

2020 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

4447 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - Clyde, Granville NSW 2142
I've been attacked the last 3 Sundays. I think he's nesting near the station. As I turn left from William St into Factory St, he flies over then doubles back. The 2nd attack he made contact with my ear. 3rd time I picked up a stick before rounding the corner and kept him at bay that way.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 23 Sport St, Kedron QLD 4031
As I pedaled up towards Gympie Road a four wheel drive pulled into a drive but waited where he could see me. When the magpie swooped he laughed at me ...

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 151 Fulham Rd, Alphington VIC 3078
On my bike. Usually you hear them coming. Silent swoop that got me next to my ear and drew blood :( Felt like being hit by a powerfully thrown softball Had to pull over to examine. Another cyclist came around the corner just after me and got hit near the ear also

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 21A Caroline St, Kingsgrove NSW 2208
Magpie swooped while I was riding my bike and also swooped on a young toddler riding their bike. I got off my bike and walked it across the road where the magpie followed me and continued to swoop me.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 43 Diffey Rd, Everton VIC 3678
I was aggressively swooped between 6-8 times while riding my bike today. Full hard contact onto my helmet and back with its beak. Continued while I rode as fast as I could to get away. I was wearing a black helmet. My husband rode next to me with a green helmet and it didn't attack him at all. The attack went on until I turned onto the Myrtleford-Everton Rail Trail. Had two other swoops whilst on the rail trail but no contact was made.

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4447 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 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.

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"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

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MagpieAlert in the News

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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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