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

4651 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 4 Indooroopilly St, Dutton Park QLD 4102
Riding down TJ Doyle Memorial Drive below the bottom of Eleanor Schonnell bridge bike path. Magpie pecked my ear and travelled with me until I could come to a halt. Enough to draw blood and be tender for a few days - and a hit to confidence on the bike.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 134 Fulham Rd, Alphington VIC 3078
This magpie has a reputation, so I have generally been avoiding the area since the start of August. However, a couple of weeks ago I decided to try using this street again on my commute. After passing through five or six times without incident, yesterday I was swooped. It made contact with my cheek, ear and helmet multiple times over about 50m, causing a mild bruise.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 26 Ainslie Pl, Canberra ACT 2601
Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water.. was enjoying a nice helmet-free ride when I copped a beak to the dome, first time I’ve bled after a swoop so I was pretty excited. Will absolutely be going back.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 25A Waterview Terrace, Dutton Park QLD 4102
Been swooped a few times by this bird, but seemed to leave me alone whilst walking the bike past. May have got a bit cluey because he's swooping me when walking past now as well. I'd suggest finding an alternative route through here now.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 1-21 Binara St, Canberra ACT 2601
Just cruising along doing my thing when out of no where a vicious angry mother f-er attacks my head. I wasn’t even near his tree, I was across the road where the building are. Nasty as bird got me good, lots of blood

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 6 Ashley Park Dr, Chelsea Heights VIC 3196
Crossed Wells Road at the lights, corner Amaroo Drive to avoid the very aggressive maggie along the Wells Rd patch between the two Amaroo Drive entry/exit points only to get a tap on the helmet on the opposite side of Wells Road in the same location. One helmet tap then he was off - more interested in finding worms. Certainly the lesser of two evils in this neck of the woods.

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4651 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!

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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

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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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