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 Cyclist - 15B Karin Cres, Glenroy VIC 3046
Cycling down this trail when i noticed sounds of wings flapping following me. Bird swooped a couple of times. This is an expansive and open area on the trail, the bird kept coming for a good 200 metres before i took a detour on the trail to make a quick get away. I noticed lots of magpies floating around in this area after the attack. It's definitely their season.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 103 Addison St, Elwood VIC 3184
Swooped from above and behind and smashed into my cheek. Big scratch and blood drawn! He came at me a second time as I crossed the road to get away! Was just taking a slow, leisurely walk in the sunshine.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 118 Stanner Cct, Bonner ACT 2914
When riding along on the cyclepath a particularly aggressive Magpie came down from its tree to attack me 4-5 times! The first time I ducked and then kept on riding slowly, then it attacked again and I had to get off my bike and crouch down using my bike helmet for cover. It stayed over me for quite a while before it found a place further ahead to sit. I walked very slowly past trying to avoid it as best as I could, and going to a traffic island in the middle of the road. But then it decided to attack again (even after cars started going past), it kept flying around me there for quite a while before it found a perch. I tried to go into a side street but as I entered the street it tried to swoop me another time.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 117 Alma Rd, St Kilda East VIC 3183
Daughter was running towards a group of people and the magpie was 3m from them. She got to about 3m of the magpie and it went straight for her face. Cut 3mm from eye with small amounts of blood. Luckily the magpie was on the ground and wasn’t swooping in, and wasn’t a direct hit to the eye. Otherwise it could have been a very nasty accident

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 4 Mirbelia Ct, Greenwood WA 6024
2 x children and 1 x adult on bikes leaving the playground at Cedarwood Circle, heading to Bottlebrush Drive on the footpath, attacked near Lydia Court. the bird repeatedly swooped until we reached Kurrajong Place.

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4048 Results

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

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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.

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Did my cable tied cycling helmet work?

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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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