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

2110 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 1A Clarence St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
A fast swoop making contact with my helmet. Confirms my suspicion from last week that there was some territory issues. Can't confirm if it was a magpie or a minor as it snuck up from behind. Time to get out the cable ties to keep whatever it was away from my 4yr old passenger

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 21 Tate St, Pascoe Vale South VIC 3044
Been swooping since last Wednesday or so. Persistent little fella. You can go down Kernan Ave and then take the bridge across Strathmore Secondary College to get back on the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.

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Magpie attack on Walker - Marine Pde near Sydney St, Redcliffe QLD 4020
Last week I saw a young looking magpie swoop a man without making contact, around the same time of the evening. I have been down there several times since, but tonight, I saw/heard a magpie land behind me on Sydney St. I think it was the same one, it looked quite young. I backed away, and moved around the corner, and turned to walk, but I turned back and saw it had moved closer to the corner. I kept walking, but then felt it swoop me. It didn't make contact.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 126 Fulham Rd, Alphington VIC 3078
Magpie was very persistent, swooped multiple times and came at side of face under bike helmet. The swooping cased serious health impacts and I urge anyone nearby to beware of this area.

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Magpie attack on Person - 33 Kesteven St, Florey ACT 2615
I was standing between the two buildings in this area of Florey Shops. The magpie made loud screeches and started to swoop, but I ran away before it hit me. I also heard of a stranger and my husband being swooped in that same general area in the last couple of weeks.

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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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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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