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

 
2110
Attacks
 
262
Injuries
 

Selected: Australia

Beware resulted in injury!

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Recent Attack details for Australia

2110 Results
Magpie attack on Cyclist - Lions Hotel Motel, 201-209 Lloyd St, Moe VIC 3825
Particularly aggressive sessile bird in trees, opposite side of the road by the Old Lions Hotel. Cycling on bike path and swooped twice, I was lucky that it did not get my face. Attacks were over a distance of 100 metres and I was riding east on the bike path.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 28 Brook St, Sunbury VIC 3429
Persistent though not particularly aggressive, also about 1.5 hours later. Both times within about 50m of the roundabout, think he's based on North side of Barkley St
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 119 Drake-Brockman Dr, Higgins ACT 2615
Riding on the path on side of road nearest fence. Swooped and hit me in the right temple drawing blood. Momentarily lost control of bike and narrowly avoided collision. Magpie hit my head and my sunglasses. Could have hit my eye if I wasn't wearing sunglasses.
Injured:Yes

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Walker - Unit 2/296 McBryde St, Fawkner VIC 3060
Followed across entire park 400 metres being swooped repeatedly around 12 times but never made contact. Attack began while walking near bordering houses within park. As soon as I turned around and lost eye contact swooping began from behind.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 80 Bunney Rd, Clarinda VIC 3169
Magpie dive bombed me whilst riding up the hill, it had three attacks in total and came close to hitting my helmet whilst I was waving my hand above my head to deter it. It made a screeching sound and I could hear it's beak making a crackling noise.
Injured:No

Reported by:

Magpie attack on Cyclist - 5 Lightwood Cres, Meadow Heights VIC 3048
I was riding my bicycle through a bike trail and I was attacked twice from behind, even though I put sticking cables on my helmet. If anyone knows any other better way to avoid them, please comment and let me know. Ride safe mates!
Injured:No

Reported by:

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 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.

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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

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

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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 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.

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