Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2021!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2021!

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!

2021 Attack Counts

 
2939
Attacks
 
334
Injuries
 

Selected: Australia

Beware resulted in injury!

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Recent Attack details for Australia

2939 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - Platform Rd, Armidale NSW 2350
Interesting one. Magpie swooped 5 times. The first was half-hearted, the second hit my helmet on the top right hand side and the subsequent 3 were ‘snap and flaps’.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 2 The Esplanade, Mona Vale NSW 2103
As I was riding my bike under some trees, a small, grey looking magpie swooped but didn't make contact. Then a second time it flew a little closer overhead and screeched. I then realised that I was being swooped and got off of my bike and turned around but it then began following me and I ran with my bike as fast as I could. Then the magpie swooped a third time getting very close and knocking my bike and I over. I was then about 20 metres away from when it had first swooped me and it seemed to decide I was no longer a threat and flew back to a nearby tree. I am pretty much unharmed, just a scrape on both of my knees and my hands but as I have never been swooped before, it was a pretty scary experience.
Injured:Yes

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Walker - 235 Graham St, Wonthaggi VIC 3995
Even though Wonthaggi Hospital has undergone major transformations for more patients and removed some trees in the process - the same magpie which has decided to live there out the front of the building which has been attacking people for over 5 years? He is back at it again and angrier than ever after having some of his territory removed for carparks.
Injured:No

Reported by:

2939 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!

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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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"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

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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 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.

Stories and Reviews

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