Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2020!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2020!

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!

2020 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

3340 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 7 Albizia Pl, Jerrabomberra NSW 2619
Two magpies tag team attacks when cycling the trail. They started attack coming down the MTB trail, anticlockwise about halfway down Old Pipeline. I got off and walked but they pursued me with persistent swooping, regularly changing direction to try to dive bomb me, all the way to Albizia Place and only stopped when I removed my helmet. A resident said the nest is at the end of Albizia Place but it's clear their territory for swooping extends perhaps 400-500m up the trail.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 2 Broadby Cl, Spence ACT 2615
As my brother, dad, and I were walking down Broadby Close, my brother saw something in a tree. We stopped for a second and realised it was a magpie in its nest. We kept walking down the road as I heard this squawk sound was coming from behind. I looked back and saw the same magpie darting down at us at the speed of light. Because I am over-dramatic, I started screaming my head off and sprinting down the street with my family. From your over-dramatic friend, Fanta (Age 8 almost 9) :)

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 484 Sunnyholt Rd, Parklea NSW 2768
Swooped by Magpie, same spot happened in two years, seems Magpie remembers me. Swooped three times cycleway along the Sunnyholt Road (chase started at near the coles express), changed the route and came again back on the cycleway being chased again. Noticed that a Cockatoo also joined the chase. Not sure if Cockatoo swooping me or it was attacking the Magpie to protect me (haaa....haa). I was wearing the cable ties on my helmet still felt intimidated, not safe for sure, thinking to change my yellow cycle T-shirt. Changing my route for sure.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 4 Braeside Rd, Katanning WA 6317
I had a helmet on and I was riding my bike when I heard a screech. I realized it was a magpie. It swooped down and nipped my ear. I then rode my bike faster and it still chased me. It only stopped when I got to Piesse Park.

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Magpie attack on Dog Walker - Lhotsky St before 2nd Townson Cr, Charnwood ACT 2615
A Magpie is a bit territorial around the crossing of the bike path over Lotsky street. Near the bus stops. Their territory seems to extend for 50m either way up Lotsky street as crossing the road was not enough and the dog and I had to go to the bike path behind the houses avoiding Lotsky street.

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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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