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Saving endangered species from extinction is a challenging job that requires creative, affordable and effective interventions. In a rare good news story for conservation, we came up with one such method.

Is there a more Australian right of passage than getting swooped by a magpie? Almost everyone has been chased through their local park or street with the clacking of a beak following closely behind.

Just as zoologists have been mystified by ‘sightings’ of large black cats prowling country Victoria, so too have ornithologists been perplexed by reports of a bird that farts.

It’s long been thought that birds would be unable to expulse gas due to the design of their cloaca.

The catastrophic bushfires of 2019/2020 damaged large areas of habitat for native birds, forcing many to move into new areas in search of food and shelter. BirdLife Australia estimates that over 40% of the Superb Lyrebird’s range was impacted by these bushfires.

While lockdown has been challenging for all of us, especially coming on the heels of the horrific fires this summer, we have seen large numbers of surveys come in to Birds in Backyards as well as other citizen science projects. This data is invaluable as we take stock of our wildlife post-fires.

Birdwatchers in New South Wales say they're excited to have spotted the rare glossy black-cockatoo in areas where the birds aren't usually seen, but warn it's a sign of serious challenges for the species.

Conservationists are rejoicing following the successful release of 20 captive-bred critically endangered Regent Honeyeaters into the wild.

Our small Aussie birds are incredibly diverse; familiar faces include the Welcome Swallow, the New Holland Honeyeater and the Superb Fairy-wren. However, there are other, more secretive species that are being pushed out of our urban areas. Despite their beauty, resourcefulness and importance, small birds are declining across Australia.

The days are shorter, temperatures drop, but backyard birdwatching never stops!

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