BIRD NERDS UNITE: The annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count is on again!

In 2018, Australian birdwatchers recorded more than 610 species, with the Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner and Australian Magpie remaining Australia’s most counted birds.

BirdLife Australia has put the call out for people to help them count the birds that share our urban, rural and regional backyards. It’s all part of the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count, being held during National Bird Week from 21-27 October.

In 2018, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count recorded more than 610 species using a specially designed app which helps people identify local birds based on size, colour and location.

“The Aussie Backyard Bird Count continues to attract a diverse range of counters from young families teaching their children about nature to retirees using birds as a great excuse to explore Australia,” BirdLife Australia’s chief Bird Nerd, Sean Dooley said

“Like the birds that live around us, Australian bird lovers are an incredibly varied flock, but they all share a passion for our feathered friends.”

The aim of this year’s event is to count more than three million birds in seven days.


The Aussie Bird Count app (available from 1 October) allows anyone to take part. The app is available on the Google Play and Apple App stores.

The national total will be updated in real-time, and the app allows you to see which species are being seen in your local area.

For other events and activities during National Bird Week visit

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