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 Dog Walker - 4 Dulcet Cl, Aberfoyle Park SA 5159
Magpie swooped pup again and this time in front of our house on Dulcet Close. He even called in a reinforcement who clumsily hit a branch and tripped to two branches down. Then, it swooped one more time even when I was facing it. Pup didn't even care and was ok but I jumped and yelped as usual.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 191 State Route 20, Graceville QLD 4075
After two consecutive attacks I have decided to try the cable ties. They did work!!! the magpie instead of hitting the helmet hit my face drawing blood. Nothing too serious but a bit scary especially because I was riding on a busy road. I have decided to take another route tomorrow.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 10 Livorno Ln, Point Cook VIC 3030
Was cycling to Williams Landing station and realised two magpies were swooping behind me via my shadow. Looked back at them and they stopped. It is not the first time, happened quite a few times before I registered to this website.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 72 Uxbridge St, Grange QLD 4051
I was cycling to work this morning on the Kedron Brook bikeway. I was riding on the path just before you exit onto Uxbridge St when a magpie swooped at me and hit me between my helmet and my eye on the right side. This magpie gave no other warning just attacked me. I am ok with the general swoop but this was aggressive as he connected with my face and it hurt as he/she hit with a thud into the side of my head. Luckily it missed my eye. I was wearing glasses at the time.

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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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"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

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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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