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

3669 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 150-200 Foreshore Rd, Corio VIC 3214
Attacked multiple times. Suspiciously, the bird made none of the typical vocalisations or beak snaps. It aimed at the ear and neck area (going for the kill no doubt), subsequently hitting the target on multiple occasions - drawing plenty of blood (like a pro). This is the most aggressive magpie I've struck, and the most adept at hitting its target. I can only conclude that this one is either evil, or a trained assassin, genetically modified in one of those Russian or Chinese military labs;). We may never know!!!

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Magpie attack on Walker - 170 Mons Ave, Maroubra NSW 2035
Got swooped and then attacked repeatedly (ie a dozen times!) As I walked along the edge of John Shore park, pushing my pram with a buggy board. None of us injured as I pushed my three year old forward under the pram canopy and my baby was luckily in the pram. I had a wide brim hat on so was fine, just kept walking, but it was a bit Hitchcock! There was a bloke spotting for me and shouting, "Again!" By the end. Went on forever!

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Magpie attack on Walker - 8 Gummow Way, Girrawheen WA 6064
Attacked repeatedly three times to be exact by the same magpie in girrawheen infront of neqpark shopping centre around the round about, injured on face, have a photo as well. And after crusing from the other side to avoid attack, a man crosaing my previous path got attacked as well in the same spot.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - A2, Glenwood NSW 2768
Flew in from way over the other side of Windsor Rd and swooped in the behind. Stopped when I got off there bike and walked away facing him. Amazing he crossed 4 lanes of traffic and the busway just to swoop me so far away.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - A2, Glenwood NSW 2768
Magpie saw me coming from approx 200m when I saw it fly to the lamp post outside the Caltex station. Only had a single swoop and pulled away when I turned to face it. Walked the bike from the area and no further problems.

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Magpie attack on Person - Nunniong Rd, Bindi VIC 3896
Vicious attack on my golfing partner jolly. This magpie had some serious spunk. Finally a magpie i trully like. Jolly is a magpie supporter but this legend didnt care at all. He wanted to attck that possom jolly calls a hairstyle and make sure that hideous hairdo didnt get any closer to his nest. And how can you blame the guy? Successfully managed to draw blood in one swoop. Seriously its hard to remember a funnier moment.

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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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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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