Just spend 20 minutes in your favourite outdoor space and tell us about the birds you see during that period.
You can submit your results using the app or the web form.
There’s a built-in “bird finder” tool to help you identify birds you’re unsure of.
You can count as many times as you want. Every count helps.
To complete the Aussie Bird Count, spend 20 minutes standing or sitting in one spot and noting down the birds that you see. You will need to count the number of each species you spot within the 20 minute period. For example, you might see 4 Australian Magpies, 2 Rainbow Lorikeets and a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo. If you can identify birds by their calls, please include these in your count, but if you aren’t sure of a bird without seeing it, please exclude it rather than making a guess. The Aussie Bird Count app has a handy field-guide to help you identify birds.
Once you have completed your count, you can submit it in two different ways:
Yes of course! The Aussie Bird Count is open to everyone – from complete beginners to certified birds-nerds! If you aren’t confident identifying local birds, we recommend you download Aussie Bird Count app which has a great field guide function for identifying birds based on their size, colour and key features.
20-minutes is the standard period for a BirdLife Australia bird survey. Keeping in line with other BirdLife Australia bird surveys and having everyone counting for the same time means the data we receive will be more scientifically robust, allowing us to use it in our conservation efforts. If you wanted to count for one-hour, we would like you to submit three consecutive 20-minute counts.
For your chance to win one of these incredible prizes, all you need to do is submit a count during the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Good Luck!
One lucky Aussie Backyard Bird Count participant will win these NL Pure Burnt Orange 8x32 binoculars, kindly donated by Swarovski Optik.
One winner will receive a large 5-bird “create your own flock” fine art print made just for you by the legends who are Eggpicnic.
Two winners will each receive a bird book & pin prize pack thanks to the brand new Weekend Birder podcast. The prize packs contain:
RRP $125 each
One winner will receive a beautiful native bird mobile handcrafted by Kelly from Pink Cepha featuring 23 different Australian native birds.
One winner will receive their choice of 1x print scarf from Wildlifescarves.
I think it is a wonderful initiative, to connect the community, and encourage our awareness of the birds in our own backyards.
A great idea and very helpful app (that I use now, even when not doing the bird count).
A fun and relaxing activity to do from home or in our local area. Added bonus of contributing to science and realising just how diverse our local birdlife is.