Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2021!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2021!

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!

2021 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

2939 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 30 Barfoot St, Bracken Ridge QLD 4017
Riding north on the Deagon Deviation Bikeway through Taraubul Park (the connecting path between the Gateway North Bikeway and the Deagon Deviation) and heard snapping from behind. It continued until I eventually stopped suddenly and eyed the bird . . . which caught it by surprise! On my return journey south half an hour later, I thought I would avoid that particular stretch and went out on to the road, keeping to the left which was the tree-lined side, but got snapped again. Possibly the same bird.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 1-11 Samba Pl, Underwood QLD 4119
Have been swooped walking along footpath around this park a couple of times in the last 6 weeks. Today, was swooped despite using an umbrella and crossing to the other side of the road.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 10 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220
I was met with 3 swoops as I rode east bound under the high noon sun. Wasn't awake to the danger but on conducting further research this cheeky customer has been alleged to be a serial offender over the years.

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Magpie attack on Runner - 229 Marathon Blvd, Craigieburn VIC 3064
Hume Tennis playspace My two children got swooped over number of times. Both of them rid a bike and scooter. My daughter got packed/scratched her head quite bad, ended up bleeding. While I was protecting one of my children from the first incident, it attacked my daughter who was riding scooter and she ran out of fear. Obviously it didnt help. I immediately told her what to do - get off the scooter and walk slowly. Then it stoped. Please watch for the little ones ???? peeps

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 801 Windsor Rd, Box Hill NSW 2765
Attacked from the left. Sore left ear but no blood. Biggest issue was a car had pulled into the shoulder lane so I had to merge with traffic at the same time as out running the Magpie.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 10 Josephson St, Belconnen ACT 2617
Two cyclists, one magpie struck both of them. One cyclist was hit in the helmet approximately 6 times, and the other cyclist was hit in the face just under the helmet twice (drew blood both times) after hitting his helmet twice.

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2939 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

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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