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 Cyclist - 14 Badgally Rd, Campbelltown NSW 2560
He's back...after safely using Badgally Road last week I wasn't expecting the double-swoop contact as I headed north-west up the hill. This area has been out of bounds for me for a couple of years now as this bird is quite aggressive and has now extended teh season well into December. I wonder if the road improvements will have any effect in coming years?

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 17 Oak St, Emu Park QLD 4710
this is the oak street magpie and still going strong, swooped me 3 times and made contact with helmet. no injuries due to cable ties. this bird started attacking in late august so its been going for nearly 4 months now

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Magpie attack on Person - 1 Ereton Dr, Arundel QLD 4214
On an e-scooter, Wasn’t wearing a helmet, felt the swoop but was a warning, seconds before I stopped at pedestrian crossing. When I stopped, I looked back and saw it on a power line right near me, was just looking at me while I was waiting for the crossing light to turn green. Nothing after that

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Magpie attack on Walker - 186 Civic Parade, Altona VIC 3018
Walking in a westerly direction on the south side of Civic Parade. Swooped from rear left side of my head. Bird landed in front garden of adjacent house and eyeballed me.

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4048 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

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

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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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