Survey species

The Birds in Backyards Program is currently running a number of surveys which require volunteer assistance. Five of the surveys are on aspects of the behaviour of individual bird species: the Common Koel survey, the Channel-billed Cuckoo survey, the Grey-crowned Babbler survey, the Powerful Owl survey and the Superb Fairy-wren survey. The other survey is on 30 species of bird that are sometimes found in towns and cities. We also have our 'Backyard Biffo' survey that records aggressive encounters seen during the 20 min backyard survey and an additional survey on plant-use by birds in gardens is also being run, and the information gathered will be used to update the plant and garden information on this site.

Why have we chosen these species?

These species have been chosen because they represent a range of ecology and behaviours of birds: large and small species, migratory (moving around) and sedentary (staying in one place). They are also relatively distinct species that should not be too hard to identify using the resources we provide.

Related information

Some of our survey species include:


Scientific Name: Alisterus scapularis
Scientific Name: Cracticus tibicen
Scientific Name: Scythrops novaehollandiae
Scientific Name: Acridotheres tristis
Scientific Name: Eudynamys orientalis
Scientific Name: Eopsaltria australis
Scientific Name: Cracticus torquatus
Scientific Name: Pomatostomus temporalis
Scientific Name: Dacelo novaeguineae
Scientific Name: Anthochaera chrysoptera
Scientific Name: Grallina cyanoleuca
Scientific Name: Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
Scientific Name: Manorina melanocephala
Scientific Name: Strepera graculina
Scientific Name: Ninox strenua
Scientific Name: Anthochaera carunculata
Scientific Name: Malurus cyaneus
Scientific Name: Rhipidura leucophrys
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