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

 
1664
Attacks
 
197
Injuries
 

Selected: Australia

Beware resulted in injury!

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Recent Attack details for Australia

1664 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - 28 Kurraba Rd, Woonona NSW 2517
Same maggie as all the other attacks in this area. Swooped a few times and hit my helmet twice. He was swooping cyclists but leaving walkers alone. Seems to prefer light coloured helmets but could just be co-incidence. I tried to give him some food as a peace offering but he wasn't too interested
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 47 Sutherland St, Kingscliff NSW 2487
Cudgen Creek Bikeway Ed Parker Park. Bicycle riders targeted (walkers ignored). Multiple swoops with helmet strikes. (Note there are also a pair of plovers with 2 unfledged chicks who do swoop pedestrians in this area.)
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Walker - 4 Perth St, Belmont VIC 3216
Magpie was sitting on phone line and swooped as I walked along. This happened in same spot as last year when I was swooped and pecked on the back of the head.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 13-19 Tariff Ct, Werribee VIC 3030
Cycling along the federation trail and got swooped repeatedly, it didn't once go for my helmet and instead aimed for my shoulder/neck. Drew blood in 2 places on my neck. To add insult to injury it also pooped on my jersey.
Injured:Yes

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Walker - 106 Westminster Pkwy, Derrimut VIC 3030
Went for a walk as I approached Bothwell green park a magpie swooped at me I kept walking and crossed the road as I got onto the footpath it came at me a second time this time it made a connection to the to my left side slight scratch around left ear after that it left me alone thankfully I was just around the corner from home
Injured:Yes

Reported by:

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 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!

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

Record Your Attack Here!

How to post swoops

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

Help Guide

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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