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 - 1621 Sandgate Rd, Nundah QLD 4012
Magpie lives in the tree at 6 Flower street, swoops me every morning and afternoon as I ride to/from work. Doesn't chase you far though, and has never made impact, so if you just duck a bit it's fine.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 4 Evelyn St, Lammermoor QLD 4703
this magpie swoops on the scenic highway at the roundabout. Hit me hard on the helmet as I was riding from Yeppoon to emu park. Has apparently also attacked riders on the bike path as well. this is a new magpie at this spot as I have never been attacked here in the last 4 years

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 55 Mercedes Dr, Thomastown VIC 3074
Riding west and having seen this magpie fella last year and knowing that he was a big one i was a bit weary as a friend got clobbered by him the day before. He's one of those maggies that likes to hover above your head and do short surgical attacks aiming for the gaps in your helmet. I saw him in the tree as i approached and knew i was about to run the gauntlet. He only made contact once but was buzzing my head a lot.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 100 Brighton Rd, Ripponlea VIC 3185
I've only just signed up to this site but I've been swooped by this guy in years passed. This year he started early in July and seemed to go missing in August before returning in September. During this season he's efforts have escalated - he's made significant contact with my head 7 times including this morning causing my to damage my glasses. I feel this magpie is becoming a little more than a nuisance.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 61 Betula Ave, Bundoora VIC 3083
Same butcher bird who was there in 2018. I thought he might have gone to birdie heaven as i'd ridden in the direction of Greensborough twice in the last week and there was no sign of him. Sadly when heading down the hill on the ring rd trail to the road crossing this morning it was evident that either he had been replaced or more likely was still kicking on strong. Single swoop with glancing blow to the helmet as i rode down the hill at speed.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 2 Yuruga St, The Gap QLD 4061
From his lofty perch at Precision Cuts, he spotted me early this morning. Lucky, only one swift swoop, pecking the brim of my helmet. Must have been going for the eyes this morning

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Magpie attack on Runner - 6 Sweeney St, East Bendigo VIC 3550
Magpie swooped my husband from trees in Paterson St, Quarry Hill, near the gates into the cemetery, on way out and again on way back. Flew down close to his face but no contact.

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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.

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