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 Dog Walker - 55 Mitchell Parade, Pascoe Vale South VIC 3044
Had my dog off leash for a run at the Brearley Reserve. He went to a tree along the path just outside the oval on Mitchell Parade to pee, when a maggie swooped right down to him from behind and hit him on the back, startling him. Immediately following this another maggie swooped him from the front and he ended up with a gash under the chin. So watch out for your dogs, because these birds dive LOW!

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Magpie attack on Person - 5A Mitchell Ct, Mildura VIC 3500
Tried to take the kids for a play at the park and the magpie swooped my son twice. Swooped my son while on the climbing frame so we left then again when we were almost back to the car. Drew blood in three places

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 33 The Ponds Blvd, The Ponds NSW 2769
Magpie swooping near the forest on The Ponds Bvd as I was cycling. No contact made, however it made a loud noise. Use Fyfe Rd if you want to avoid this magpie, as there is no swooping on the other side of the forest.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 226 Tourist Drive 10, Lammermoor QLD 4703
Magpie swooped multiple times as I rode along the Scenic Highway footpath heading south-east towards Statue Bay. I was first rider in a group of four bikes. Magpie left me and then swooped last rider in the group as well.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 72 Redfern St, Cook ACT 2614
Descending from Lyttleton Street to culvert under Redfern Street. As I decended the steep path and was turning through a sharp angle the bird hit me from the left side with enough force to knock me off the bike. I sustained a deep gash to one elbow and various scratches and bruises. This is the second time in six weeks I have been hit at that spot.

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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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"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

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Your Stories

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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!

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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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