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

3669 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 170 Mons Ave, Maroubra NSW 2035
Was walking across the crosswalk with a pram outside St. Mary's St. Joseph's, heading north, when I was swooped from the front, and pecked two times, drawing blood. Pulled up my hood, and was swooped six more times (the magpie seemed to be hovering) while heading east along the sidewalk, until a miner bird attacked the magpie and distracted it, and I ducked down along the footpath through John Shore reserve.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Unnamed Road, Chelsea VIC 3196
Swooped twice from behind, cuts on cheek and chin. Got off bike for assistance, swooped twice more when stationary and 10m away from bike. Rather aggressive and kept aiming for my face.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 7 Karri Ave, Canning Vale WA 6155
Magpie appeared and started to circle. Started to run and walked next to someone. After that we both got swooped and so we zig zagged until the a tree. Be careful, areas near Karri Park have recently increased in swoopings.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Karri Park, 2 Banksia Esplanade, Canning Vale WA 6155
Was walking down the side of the park before I got swooped, hitting me on my ear causing bleeding. Was a small nick but be aware. I then hid under a low tree, low enough that it could not reach me. After it left, I ran towards the fountain where it back off but was circling me. I was wearing a grey T Shirt, black hat and black pants.

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3669 Results

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.

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

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MagpieAlert in the News

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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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