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

270 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 12 Sharleen Ct, Bella Vista NSW 2153
Just before reaching the undercover pedestrian bridge to cross Old Windsor Road, I was swooped multiple times. The second time, getting me a little hit on the side of my head but resulting in no injury. I was on a bicycle with a helmet on on the left hand lane going downhill on the cycle way running along side Old Windsor Road.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 2 Casper Ln, Glenroy NSW 2640
Swooped from behind three times in quick succession - magpie wing made contact with my ear each time. I was totally unaware there were any magpies around so it gave me a fright and kept coming at me - very frightening

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 216 Karoo Rd, Rowville VIC 3178
This same magpie last year attacked me and left me bleeding. Today it attacked my daughter 3 times and left her badly bleeding and terrified. Be aware as this one is extremely nasty and aggressive.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 21 Picnic St, Enoggera QLD 4051
Same place as last year. WHAT DID I DO TO YOUUUUUUUUU?!!! Swooped 3 times heading outbound through Shand Street Park nearer the bridge. Each swoop made forceful contact with my helmet and I made loud and offensive words (sorry kiddies!) . If I wasn't wearing a helmet I'd be in a world of hurt!

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 115 Macrossan Ave, Norman Park QLD 4170
The magpie attacked me from behind while I was riding inbound at high speed up the hill just before Hume Street. It hit the back of my helmet, but the fact that I was going quite fast blunted the attack. The same thing happened last year. It must be the same bird, or its offspring.

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270 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

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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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