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

1510 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 5 Love St, Flynn ACT 2615
Heading home we cut across the grass to avoid the line of trees he swooped between on the way up the hill and he went us again this time off the roof of the houses followed us around 100m swooping.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 455 Murphy Rd, Aspley QLD 4034
I was cycling through the park when I saw a shadow of a swooping magpie. It swooped me many times until I was able to cycle a very fast speed. Considered getting off and looking at him but my fear of the better of me.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 121 Macrossan Ave, Norman Park QLD 4170
A known magpie psychopath persistently attacked me from behind as I rode inbound. It snapped its beak repeatedly and made some contact with the back of my helmet although I was shaking my head to put it off. This magpie is a problem because Macrossan Street is a busy, narrow road and fending off a magpie leaves cyclists vulnerable. Dismounting and walking past is not a viable option for a cyclist.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Tourist Drive 5, Gordon ACT 2906
The back scratcher is back for another year. For bike riders this magpie hits you in the middle of your back rather than the usual targets of ears and eyes. Four hits this time with no injury. He is just warming up.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 2413 State Route 26, Boondall QLD 4034
rolling north on Sandgate Road just before Roghan Rd intersection. swooped and struck from behind 6 times until 50 meters to the north of the intersection. There's a BCC swooping magpie sign on the footpath, which helps how?

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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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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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