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Australia's "most important bird" – and one whose conservation some scientists consider the most urgent of any  bird in the world – has just taken a significant step back from the brink of extinction.

The critically endangered plains-wanderer once roamed the grasslands surrounding Melbourne.

If you're a bird watcher, you may have noticed changes in your local bird population since the drought hit.

Inland bird populations are moving from their usual habitats to coastal areas in search of food and water.

Cities and coastal areas are now playing hosts to new species.

It's an exciting time for twitchers but a cause for concern too.

Eagles, hawks and other large birds of prey are flocking to cities and towns, with the drought forcing them out of the parched countryside, bird watchers say.

Data compiled by Birdlife Australia from citizen scientists has revealed large numbers of birds of prey are moving into urban areas.

Yes, I admit it, I am a bird nerd. It is a badge I wear with pride.

I am one of the very very fortunate few whose love of birds has translated into a paid job. Finding employment in an area you are passionate about it tough enough, let alone in this field so I am aware of just how lucky I am.

Springtime in the bird world means a flurry of breeding activity. Many birds are looking their best and advertising their attractiveness to potential mates with calls and displays. However whilst most birds follow the standard ‘find a mate, build a nest, lay eggs, raise young’ (with some slight variations), cuckoos do things a little differently.

Deakin University in Melbourne has been undertaking research to investigate Powerful Owl home range, spatial use and movement for three years. This current chapter of research is part of an overall 20+ year story to understand how this threatened species is coping with increasing urbanisation, and the management actions that can be undertaken to benefit powerful owls.

‘Where Song Began’ is a musical celebration of Australia’s birds and how they shaped the world. Performances in Sandgate and Brisbane with special guest speaker - author, Tim Low.

Australia's largest owl, the majestic and endangered powerful owl, is finding an unlikely home in the green areas of our city suburbs, and the Australian public is being called on to help track the nocturnal birds.

Sparrows in the mining towns of Broken Hill and Mount Isa have adapted to avoid the uptake of lead, according to a new genetic study of the birds.

Researchers from Macquarie University compared the genomic data of sparrows from the mining towns in New South Wales and Queensland respectively, with sparrows from nine other regional and urban centres.

Well, congratulations backyard birders! You made it through the winter – cold for some, balmy for others – and completed your 2018 Winter Surveys. For our second Birds in Backyards seasonal survey, 202 people surveyed 227 sites around the country and counted a total of 20,405 birds across 258 species. Not a bad effort, team!

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