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

4639 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 7 Yule Rd, Merewether NSW 2291
This guy is a notoriously aggressive swooper. He attacked me last September while I was cycling resulting in a broken collar bone and wrist. He is at it again nice and early in the season. Be very careful riding on Yule st or Morgan st near Yule, this magpie is quite aggressive and persistent. I will be avoiding Yule for the swooping season.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 7 Granville St, Emu Park QLD 4710
first known attack of th season. this bird is a regular and will attack until December. only 2 half hearted swoops today but this is an aggressive bird so beware in he next 3 months

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 177 William Webb Dr, McKellar ACT 2617
This magpie was cranky. Chased me for a bit, clacking his beak and making contact with my helmet 2 or 3 times. I wasn't worried because I had a headband covering my ears and sunglasses on. This is on the bike path heading up towards where it turns to go up to Ginninderra Drive or straight ahead to go under William Webb. This magpie's nest overhangs the bike path. The other magpie with a nest overhanging the bike track at the bottom of the hill swooped me last week.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 21 Ashwood St, Parklea NSW 2768
Kids swooped by magpie while riding their bikes/scooters to the playground. Magpie struck their helmets with its beak. Thankfully no injuries. Walkers weren’t struck, but the season is early

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 23 King Island Dr, Wellington Point QLD 4160
Resident magpie has commenced its 2020 "stir up the cyclists' season. Three of us were cycling in trail with about 200 metres apart. The magpie swooped each of us four times, from behind, as we passed the same point. On all four occasions that it swooped me, I only experienced a light/faint tap on the top of the helmet. Last year the area of operations was from today's attack point to a point around the corner in Allan Day Drive.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 55 Bellwood St, Darra QLD 4076
Attacked halfway up Bellwood St. He attacked me up until the intersection at Monier Road. Did manage to hit my head even though I was randomly moving it like a Fremen walking across the sands of Arrakis. Didn't hurt though...

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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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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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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

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

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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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