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

BirdLife Australia has recently upgraded our database systems. To use Birdata you will need to reset your Birdata user details (with an email address as your username). If you use our Birds in Backyards forums, you should still be able to log in using your current log in. Please contact support@birdlife.org.au if you have any problems.

Check out the new instructions for our Birds in Backyards surveys. For the web portal and app.

 

What's New

As we close out another strange year, its time for our Summer surveys. A great opportunity to head out in the sunshine (hopefully) and count some birds in your garden. Read below about how to take part:
 
Head over to Birdata and get your Birds in Backyards Summer Survey in from December 1

Getting started is easy.

Really there is no other genus of Australian native plant quite so synonymous with a ‘bird-friendly garden’ as the Grevillea.

Sadly the season was not a good one for Powerful Owls in Greater Sydney (or in SE Qld). The number of birds breeding was down, as was the number of chicks that fledged, very likely due to all the rain which inundated much of the east coast.

Excitedly this season we have seen a pair of Powerful Owls raise two chicks in a targeted nest box in a reserve in northern Sydney.

As you probably know, the Gang-gang Cockatoo was severely affected by habitat loss following the bushfires of 2019 and 2020 and in March this year the species was declared Endangered.  

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