Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2022!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2022!

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!

2022 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

3332 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 5M32 RR Tarneit VIC
Single Magpie in the park area. Attacked while cycling along dirt path. Nicked my left ear, punctured the skin, very aggressive bird.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 718 Fifteenth St, Mildura VIC 3500
Surprised a youthful magpie near hedge at Autobahn - protective and persistent parent mounted overhanging lights and began series of swooping sorties that continued over intersection and beyond for 100 metres.

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Magpie attack on Person - 31 Glyndon Ave, St Albans VIC 3021
Magpie won't sleep, constant nose making and sitting on the power line right next to my home. Virtually no magpies during the day anymore, just at night, and more erratic behaviour. I odn't know if la nina is causing this, or but we've never had this problem of ''nocturnal magpies''

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 25 Brumby St, Harrison ACT 2914
Can't believe the buggers are still swooping. Riding along bike path adjacent to Horsepark Drive I was chased for about 200 metres and swooped several times making contact on at least five occasions. Fortunately no injury.

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3332 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.

Register Swoopings!

"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

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.

Stories and Reviews

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