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

1664 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 55 Trentham Rd, Tylden VIC 3444
Persistent, repeated, swooper. Targets ears and reaches through vent holes in helmet. This aggressive magpie has been there for years. Most are just doing their thing. This one is malicious.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 37 Hailes St, Greensborough VIC 3088
Young boy (10yo) whilst riding his bicycle (with bicycle helmet on) swooped by TWO magpies.Contact made with helmet several times. His mate who was running along side him (not wearing any helmet) was not hit.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Belgrave Esp opp Box Rd, Sylvania Waters NSW 2224
Riding on footpath with my family. Very aggressive bird swooped several times. Son has received a bite to his cheek which resulted in blood loss and a little nick. Bird also drew blood from my husband's ear. Bird followed us for a couple hundred metres. We were cycling on the footpath and about to cross Box Rd, so not going overly quickly.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 329 Nepean Hwy, Mount Martha VIC 3934
Medium size bird swooped me and my cycling buddy twice. Then on the way back (about 2 hours later) same section of the road, but in opposite direction, felt two taps of bird's claws on my helmet. Could clearly see bird's shadow on the ground the first time and hear that terrifying clicking sound it makes when just about to hit - but couldn't see it when I rode same section on return when got swooped again. Luckily didn't get any scratches to my face (compared to last week's horror ride on the other side of Melbourne, at Point Cook, where the bird was super aggressive and followed me for over a block).

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1664 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.

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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

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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

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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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