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 - 77 Mowbray Pl, Willoughby NSW 2068
My friend and I were riding back home and were swooped for around 50 metres by 5 magpies. This happened in various accounts and made us scared as we were in constant fear of future magpie swoopings seeing the injuries caused.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 139A Brisbane St, East Tamworth NSW 2340
Got swooped from behind at Anzac Park unexpectedly while walking alone. Fortunately I had my sunglasses on when as I turned around, the magpie also went for my eyes! It was aggressive and tried swooping another 5x while I ran away. There was a primary school excursion at the park and the teachers who saw it helped me afterwards as I was bleeding at the back of my scalp. Anzac Park Brisbane St is a hotspot but I am new to town so hadn't realised.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 266 Precolumb Rd, One Tree Hill SA 5114
Birds have been swooping at this location since July. Either there are 2 nests with vicious birds very close to each other, or the one vicious bird has had 2 lots of young. Still going. More vicious this year than before (maybe more mature?) and has been making contact with bike helment, repeatedly attempting to injure.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Royal Park/Royal Park, Parkville VIC 3052
Cycled behind RCH in Royal Park, got swooped from behind and clawed under the helmet, skin broken, when turned around, he was attacking again. Had to dismount from bicycle to stop attacks. Magpie did not attack a rider coming from the other direction.

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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

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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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