Welcome to Birds in Backyards

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program focusing on the birds that live where people live. Get involved by becoming a member and taking part in our online surveys. Learn how you can create bird-friendly spaces in your garden and local community. Find out more about Australian birds and their habitats.

Latest updates

Birds in Backyards is now using the BirdLife Australia login system. Click here to find out more.

The Birds in Backyards surveys are now available on Birdata. Click here to read more about the survey.

What's New

When a Western Australian man dragged a hollow log on to the roof of his farmhouse and strapped it to the chimney with old fencing wire, he hoped endangered cockatoos would come home to roost.

Five years later, the unusual decision is improving the survival odds of the native Carnaby's cockatoo which faces extinction.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) ecologists have made a ground-breaking discovery, using exceptional natural history skills to uncover a Night Parrot population at Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary on the north shore of Kata Thandi-Lake Eyre.

It is the first record of the Night Parrot in South Australia for more than a century.

The author of H Is for Hawk explains how an appreciation of bird habitats enables a unique connection with the natural world - read this wonderful meditation on birds nests and eggs.

They're feisty and seemingly fearless. Once only found in the bush, it’s the native Australian animal that’s taking over the city.

Read more at news.com.au.

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