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

 
4651
Attacks
 
602
Injuries
 

Selected: Australia

Beware resulted in injury!

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Recent Attack details for Australia

4651 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 27 Brookdale Rd, Point Cook VIC 3030
Swooped 2-3 times aggressively when I was walking. I ran away and it followed me a bit and finally left me alone. It was very scary. Same thing happened at the exact same spot a week after (will record that separately)
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 140 Fulham Rd, Alphington VIC 3078
I was swooped multiple times in the same spot in August and avoided the area until what was meant to be the end of the season (beginning of November). But I was recently followed closely by a magpie on Friday 6 Nov in the same area until Separation St. I had some cable ties on my helmet and shook my head when it came close. Fortunately, I wasn't attacked, although, according to the information on this website, I think I'm now on the magpie hit list! :(
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 142 Fulham Rd, Alphington VIC 3078
I was swooped several times in the same spot in August and avoided the area until what it was meant to be the end of the season. I was recently followed by a magpie in the same area on Nov 6 until Separation St. I had some cable ties on my helmet and shook my head when it came close. Fortunately, I wasn't attacked, although, according to the information on this website, I think I'm now on the magpie hit list! :(
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Person - 240 Bunda St, Canberra ACT 2601
Bit me hard just left of my left eye while on a scooter. I just arrived today from Queensland. I live next to Banks Street bird sanctuary, spend every day there walking around after work, and we have magpies in our yard and bird bath and the magpies don't swoop or attack. They bring their little one with them and behave well around us. This attack is dangerous behaviour and should not be indulged. It is as natural as a badly behaved pub brawler. The bird should be put down before it causes permanent injury.
Injured:Yes

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Walker - Katoomba Falls Tourist Park, 101 Cliff Dr, Katoomba NSW 2780
EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE! I know this is for magpies but the swooping nature of the plovers cannot be ignored. Swooping is by father and mother protecting a nest with three brown spotted eggs on the ground inside the circular fenced cricket ground when trying to establish that there was in fact a nest. The closer to the nest, the more aggressive until we were swooped at three second intervals. After we established the fact, we backed off. The nest is in danger of being destroyed when the grounds are mowed next.
Injured:No

Reported by:

4651 Results

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 magpiealert.com 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!

Sign Up it's Free!

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.

Register Swoopings!

"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

See our easy to follow guide for help on how to post swoops magpies on magpiealert.com

Help Guide

MagpieAlert in the News

We've been so busy this season, here's a collection of news articles and interviews with MagpieAlert.com.

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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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