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 Motorcyclist - 136-144 Chifley Rd, Bell NSW 2786
Local Magpie decided to take it up a notch and attack me while riding a motorcycle, except I was wearing a full face helmet.! Poor Maggie ended up a bit punch drunk after hitting a helmet at full noise.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - The Andrew Cockburn Building, Acton ACT 2601
Swooped while cycling - today and every day for the past 2 months. Usually a clacking of the beak behind the right ear and little else. No problem when walking past. This bird swoops me on the way home then follows me back to check if there is anything in the cat bowl he can grab for a snack.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 2 Thornbill Way, Churchlands WA 6018
My 7 year old was scootering along Lakeside Rd Churchlands (on the road) between the two ends of Thornbill Way Churchlands. The magpie's beak scratched his cheek causing it to bleed. There is currently bunting around the nesting tree (near the play ground on Herdsman Lake (Near Halcyon Place) but the magpie is protecting a larger area than just the nesting tree. Reported to the City of Stirling Ranger as well.

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Magpie attack on Person - 58 Gamalite Dr, Melton West VIC 3337
Sitting on park bench resting from a walk and looked up in the nick of time to see large male a couple of meters from my head, flung my arms around and it retreated to fence behind me. My husband was attacked in same spot previous day and was pecked on his ear, likely same bird, definitely an aggressive one and worth steering clear of this spot.

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2110 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

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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