2016 Aussie Backyard Bird Count Results

From the 17-23 October 2016 over 61,000 nature-loving Australians took time out of their busy schedules to enjoy the birds around them resulting in over 1,400,000 birds counted!

The Top 10 most counted bird species in Australia remained unchanged for the third year running, with the Rainbow Lorikeet once again claiming the number one spot. There were minor changes in the order of some of the top 10 birds – the House Sparrow moved down two places, from #5 to #7, and the Welcome Swallow also moved down one place. The Galah, Red Wattlebird and Silver Gull all moved up a spot.

Other notable changes occurred in some of the state’s Top 3 birds, with the Zebra Finch failing to make the Top 3 for the NT and being replaced by the Little Corella. The Plumed Whistling Duck lost its place in QLD to the Australian Magpie. In the ACT the Magpie-lark and the Pied Currawong were replaced with the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and the Crimson Rosella. The House Sparrow in SA was replaced with the Australian Magpie. And in WA the Galah had its spot in the Top 3 taken by the Silver Gull. The Top 3 bird species remained the same in NSW, VIC & TAS.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count will be back again from the 23-29 October 2017.

Please note: Through additional vetting of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count data we have been able to further refine the collated dataset. The figures in the below infographic and species list have been amended to match the updated dataset.


You can download the 2016 results infographic here

You can download the 2016 species list for Australia here

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