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

253 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - Norbrik T-Way, Glenwood NSW 2768
I was riding along the cycleway when I happened upon a sign that said "Beware of swooping birds" I thought "hmm that's interesting". Next thing I hear a rustling to my left hand side, oh no it's a magpie. I shoo the angry bird away, it doesn't work, it attacks me on my right hand side now, relentless swooping. I continue to shoo it away with my right hand, OK it's gone phew that was close, it really could have caused some damage. I take a glance behind, the attack is not over, it's chasing me down, so I pedal faster, somehow it's gaining on me. In a regretful move I slam on my breaks in an attempt to go on the offence, I nearly come off my bike. I immediately gather it up and pedal fast to the Norbrik rd intersection. At this point the bird is staring me down as it's perched on the "Norwest Business Park" sign. A couple in a car waiting at the lights are pissing themselves laughing, I can't blame them really it must have looked hilarious.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 1 Corbett St, Alderley QLD 4051
We were cycling on the bikeway beside Kedron Brook. We saw another cyclist who had been attacked then shortly after a magpie attacked both of us several times. Speeding up seemed to encourage it. It is really persistent. It attacks from behind and attacks the helmet not the face.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Troubadour T-Way, Glenwood NSW 2768
I was cycling and had just crossed the overpass from the M7 cycleway over Old Windsor Road, heading to Francesco Oval where my car was parked. Just after turning onto the pathway the magpie started swooping me multiple times for about 100m, until just before the point where the path crossed the creek. It is the worst attack I have ever had, and I could see the magpie following me in the shadow as it kept looking for options to swoop me again. I almost had an accident while trying to fend it off. In talking to the members at the Norwest Football Club they advised me that the previous spring a very aggressive magpie had been in that area as well. That was the first ride I had done on the M7 so I was unaware that there had been an issue.

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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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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.

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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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