Victoria has been crowned the state with the most Magpie swooping incidents for 2023, an honour normally awarded to Queensland.
There have been 3030 swooping incidents registered with Magpie Alert so far this year. Of these, 394 resulted in injuries.
In a new report, Magpie Alert revealed there were 798 incidents in Victoria, 714 incidents in New South Wales, 642 incidents in Queensland, 639 incidents in the ACT, 127 incidents in South Australia, 107 incidents in Western Australia and 4 incidents in Tasmania.
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Normally, Queensland would be awarded the state with the most swoops, Magpie Alert said, but placed third in 2023.
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Of the swoops recorded in Victoria, 19 per cent caused injuries. In comparison, 16 per cent of the incidents in Queensland and Western Australia caused injuries.
While New South Wales had a higher swoop count than Queensland, it had just 66 reported injuries.
Victoria has been crowned the state with the most Magpie swooping incidents for 2023, an honour normally awarded to Queensland. Credit: AAP
Magpie Alert also crowned the top ten angriest birds in the country, with Victoria taking out the most spots.
A Victorian magpie on Mooney Ponds Creek Trail, Ormond Park on Pattison St in Moonee Ponds was deemed the year’s most angry bird — with a whopping 14 people injured in 2023.
Queensland birds took out the next two spots in Royal Esplanade, Manly, and Sandford St in St Lucia.
Magpie Alert said that a cyclist needed medical attention after crashing during an incident with the former bird.
A bird on Jacka Blvd in Victoria’s St Kilda came in fourth place. It reportedly “goes for the eyes” and has a 100 per cent injury rate.
Birds on Old Windsor Road in Winston Hills, NSW, and Dixon Dr in Holder, ACT, took out the next two spots.
An angry bird on Charles Pl in Gordon, ACT, reportedly targets children on bicycles and has an over 50 per cent injury rate.
A cyclist fell off their bike during an incident with a bird on Darebin Creek Trail in Bundoora, VIC, while a bird on Royal Prde in nearby Parkville is known for scratching and pecking people on the neck.
Coming in tenth place was a bird on Stevens St in Southport, QLD, with a 100 per cent injury rate.
While there were plenty of angry birds, Magpie Alert’s report revealed 87 per cent of incidents did not result in injuries.
The majority of incidents occurred while people were cycling, with 2125 or 69.4 per cent of all incidents attributed to this.
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