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

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

The birds are on the move, let’s join them!

Autumn is a season of migration, cooling temperatures (for the most part) and another excuse to get out into our backyards and survey our birds. Our Birds in Backyards Autumn Survey runs from March to April with a focus on what unusual or unexpected birds are turning up in your backyard?

The last few days, weeks and months have seen such utter devastation across huge areas of Australia. Even if you are not directly affected, the fear can be paralysing. We all want to do something, so we’ve compiled a few ways to help birds in the immediate aftermath of these fires and also looking into the future.

Nearly 800 surveys were conducted at more than 250 locations across Australia during the summer period, demonstrating Birds in Backyards surveyors aren’t to be deterred by seasonal festivities nor challenging weather conditions! A total of 36,797 individual birds were counted, representing 290 species - what a fantastic commitment from all surveyors!

Australia has been through a lot over the past few months and most of us have felt helpless and distraught by it all. I have put together a few simple ways to help and, if each one of us makes one small change, in the grand scheme of things, it would be a big national movement.

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