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

4048 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 9 The Crescent, Manly NSW 2095
Was walking home when I noticed a magpie on a grass patch across the road minding its own business. As I walked passed I made sure to keep looking at it when another one suddenly flew over my head really low and close just once. When I made my way home I was welcomed by 3 magpies (who I presumed were the same magpies) sitting on a power line watching me as I entered my home.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 25 Kenton Valley Rd, Lobethal SA 5241
Nasty bugger - smacked me in the back of the helmet and scratched the back of my neck completely out of nowhere. Waved him off, and just when I thought I was past him he had another go and clipped the top of my helmet. He just kept coming and coming well past the initial attack point. Strange to have them this late in the season.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 488 Loganlea Rd, Slacks Creek QLD 4127
Two swoops. First one wing tapped on the right shoulder gently. Second didn't make contact. Some warning before the first swoop. Been riding in this area for the last 3 years. This is the first time I've been swooped over here.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 10 Carissa St, Sinnamon Park QLD 4073
Swooped about 3 times by butcher bird. Got off bike and pushed up up the street and the creature swooped me once more as I was pushing. Pretty sure this bird got me before about 4 years ago.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Cambridge St opp Penshurst Park, Penshurst NSW 2222
Was walking to forest road and the same magpie which has been swooping me this whole past week swooped me again but this time also pecked my head which left a cut. Tried to do everything to avoid it but it found me this morning and would not leave.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 353 Southern Cross Dr, Holt ACT 2615
Not sure if this is a new one or the one from the corner of the golf course but I've ridden past here plenty of times and yesterday (27/10/19) was the 1st time I've been swooped here. He's moderately aggressive having 3 goes at me but nothing too bad.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - State Route 84, Whiteman WA 6068
Got onto the newish pathway off Gnangara Rd and was swooped a few times. Gave up after about 200m no injuries unlike the blood thirsty pest on Hepburn near Bellefin Rd heading east

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 5-7 Henning Ave, South Coogee NSW 2034
Magpie on the phone wires. First swooped myself we were on bikes. Then we got off and walked a distance. When we got back on the bikes it started swooping my daughter. Hitting her on the bike helmet a few times. We got off and walked round the corner. Then went round to the environmental park and it started swooping again. Gave up going to the environmental park.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Bates St at Badgery Ave, Homebush NSW 2140
2 very aggressive Magpies at Airey Park in Homebush. Was walking in the park when it swooped over my head. I tried to take a different route out of the park but still swooped over me from behind. Something needs to be done as it's a public park where lot of kids and elderly people go to.

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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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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...

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If you have any good tips then we will add them to our helpful safety tips sections.

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