Backyard Biffo

Aggression between different species is perhaps the most striking bird behaviour observed by people in the places where birds and people coexist. Certain species have reputations as "Bully Birds" and they are commonly believed to limit the occupation of gardens and other areas by more mild-mannered species.

Click here to do a Backyard Biffo survey or scoll down the page to view detailed instructions.

Don't forget to go to My Account to update your garden and location details for the surveys so your information will automatically appear (otherwise you will have to enter your location and your garden information every time you do a new survey).

 

About this survey

Aggression between different species is perhaps the most striking bird behaviour observed by people in the places where birds and people coexist. Certain species have reputations as "Bully Birds" and they are commonly believed to limit the occupation of gardens and other areas by more mild-mannered species.

Although people often have strong feelings about which birds might be important in structuring backyard bird communities, there is often disagreement a bout the species involved, and very little data with which to evaluate opinions. The aim of this survey is to systematically record aggressive interactions between bird species to determine the relative importance of different aggressor species, and the degree to which they may structure backyard bird communities.

Take part in this survey

This survey is a supplement to the 20-min Backyard Bird Survey. During your survey you will need to note any aggressive interactions you observe during your 20-min survey, and record the species involved, attacks and responses, location and resource being disputed.

Step 1: Log in to the website on the home page or create a new account if you are new to Birds in Backyards:

Step 2: Go to the ‘About My Garden’ section of your account.

If you have not entered garden details previously, then please fill out the forms to tell us about your garden. If you have entered these details previously, check they are still correct (in case you have modified your garden)

Step 3: Complete your Backyard Bird 20 minute survey if you observe any aggressive encounters, fill in the Backyard Biffo survey.

Step 4: Go to the Backyard Biffo survey. If you haven't previously set your location:

  • Go to the ‘Profile’ option on the top toolbar and select ‘Location’.

  • Use the map on this page to pinpoint where you are doing your survey – type in the address at the bottom of the map and then zoom in to the location using the + on the left.

  • Once you have pinpointed your location – select the pencil icon and draw a point on the place that the survey is to be conducted. Alternatively you can draw a square around your survey site by selecting the polygon icon (the filled in square) and tracing around the borders of your site.

  • Give this location a name e.g. my yard.
  • Select ‘Save and Continue’ if this is the only location you wish to set, or if you have multiple survey locations, select ‘Save’ and you can add in other survey locations e.g. your local park or bushland.
  • Once you have set your location you do not need to do so again unless you are entering data from a new location.

Step 5: Go back to the Backyard Biffo survey by selecting it from the ‘Contribute’ option in the toolbar.

You can then select your location from the drop-down list of ‘Location’ options and enter your survey findings. 

Step 6: Select ‘Submit Sighting’ if this is the only record you wish to enter, or ‘Submit and Add Another’ if you have another record or another survey type you wish to enter.

Note - when you click the link for the survey page you will be taken to the BirdLife Australia Citizen Science portal. The survey is hosted on this site.

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