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 Walker - 50 Spine St, Sumner QLD 4074
75 Spine st Sumner Baby had fallen out of nest and hidden under one of our cars, RSPCA had advised to collect and drop off to Wacol. Parent was obviously not happy. This is the second time this season a baby from this breeding pair has needed help, very windy and babies have fallen from nest far too early. Was injured when helping previous baby(October).

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Magpie attack on Walker - 13 Park Rd, Speers Point NSW 2284
At speers point park, I wasv taking my kids to drink out of the blue water bubbler at the front of the park, closest to the cafe. I got swooped twice, on the back of the head. I moved pretty quick to protect my kids.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 22 Oak St, Emu Park QLD 4710
this magpie has been attacking since august and is still going strong. very aggressive bird and it followed me for about 200m hitting my helmet 5 times despite mine having cable ties. has been known to cause injury. there was another magpie also swooping, maybe its mate.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 470 Victoria Rd, Malaga WA 6090
I get attacked by these two birds everyday going to and from work on my bike. Some days the attacks are minimal other days they are quite intense. My helmet gets hit just about every time. I have cable ties but it does not stop them. Today is the 11th of November and they are still going. I am fed up. It started in August. I thought it would of been over by now. One is at the intersection as shown and the other usually starts about 50 to 100m from my work gate usually at the peak of the hill. Thankfully no injuries.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 90 Amaroo Dr, Chelsea Heights VIC 3196
This one is still at it! Came in from the front at eye level but veered off a the last moment. Then came back from behind a couple of times making a racket. Really, how many months do we need to avoid an area for?

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Magpie attack on Walker - 2 Thomas St, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
I was walking along the road with my little son cycling along. He was wearing a red helmet and I, a hat. A magpie swooped down on us 4 times, first at this location and continued till we crossed the road to the Moonee valley Civic center. It's wings hit us on our cheeks each time it swooped by. Our head gear protected us from any further hurt.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Unnamed Road, Chelsea VIC 3196
Attacked by possibly s butcher bird. Attacked from behind and got me in the nose drawing blood in bicentennial park near the netball courts. Then got me again at 10.30 am even though I went around a different way near the skate park

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 3 Granville St, Emu Park QLD 4710
the emu park surf life saving magpie is still going strong. hit my shoulder but no injuries. this bird started in early august and is still on the attack. has been known to continue to attack until well into december

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 101 Argyle Ave, Chelsea VIC 3196
Cycling through Bicentennial Park (unaware of its reputation) saw the warning sign but before I could stop to read it I was immediately attacked, drawing blood from my nose. The magpie then attacked my son, drawing blood from his nose too. The relevant section of path really should be roped off.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Clyde Station, Granville NSW 2142
A Magpie started swooping around me. It hit hard my left ear but no injury happened. I stopped once and it stood on a post waiting to attack again. Then I kept eye contact and walked through the bridge crossing over Clyde station. It kept hoping from on post to the other, but it didn’t attack as I kept eye contact with it till I crossed the other side.

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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!

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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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