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

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

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

Feel the crisp winter air and join your birds outside for a winter bird survey (or stay indoors with a nice hot cuppa and watch them through the window...)

20 mins and some information about your garden helps to understand our local birds and gives us invaluable insight into their daily lives.

Join us for a webinar

While spending most of our time at home can be frustrating, it also gives us a great opportunity to be #BirdingAtHome.

We want you to take just 10 mins for yourself whenever you can. Get away from the TV and the news, make a cuppa and do a 10 min bird count at home. Share your list of birds using the tag #CuppawiththeBirds.

Hello parents, carers and kids! Are you looking for at-home activities to keep everyone chirpy? Here at BirdLife we have lots of resources that are fun AND you can learn about amazing birds and places

With the days getting shorter and oh, so much colder, it’s a great time to get prepared for spring.

Winter in the southern states of Australia can be bitterly cold, grey and puts most of us into a semi hibernation. However, we also experience beautiful, clear, crisp and sunny days, which are perfect to get our bodies moving and venture outside.

A big thank you to the 398 of you who completed just under 1400 Birds in Backyards surveys this Autumn. We had 58278 birds recorded (297 species) across all the major urban centres of Australia (see the map below).

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