Welcome to Birds in Backyards

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program of BirdLife Australia focused 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

Begun in 1998, Birds in Backyards is celebrating its 20th year as a national citizen science program. Now that’s something to get excited about! Learn, participate, and create with us this year.

Just last month, the White-bellied Sea-Eagles nesting behind the BirdLife Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park welcomed two new chicks. S22 and S23 are growing beautifully and you can keep an eye on them! EagleCAM is a live stream set up 24/7 on the nest.

There's been a ripple of excitement — and hope — in the Australian birdwatching world after recent sightings of the critically endangered regent honeyeater and swift parrot in northern coastal regions of New South Wales.

To some, they are the lost causes of the conservation world; a handful of species not only on the brink of extinction but elusive, hard to get to and even harder to track. Difficult.

They have led Dejan Stojanovic into some of the most remote corners of Australia, through rivers of mud and up trees. If the wind picks up, some days he will get motion sick in the branches.

Swallow, starling, puffin, parrot and penguin.... We use these names so often that few of us ever pause to wonder about their origins.

Yet the stories behind how the world’s birds got their names reveal tales of epic expeditions, ornithological rivalry, historical events - and even the occasional romantic gesture.

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