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Six critically endangered Plains-wanderer birds have successfully completed a quarantine period at Monarto Safari Park after their big trip from Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria.

When you think of lyrebirds, what comes to mind may be the sound of camera clicks, chainsaws and the songs of other birds. While the mimicry of lyrebirds is remarkable, it is not the only striking feature of this species.

While we may think that winter is a quite time, we all snuggle inside and everything goes quiet - thats actually not the case for birds at all. Winter is when we see a lot of our amazing native plants in flower, generating a flurry of visits to our gardens as many birds feast and prepare for their breeding season ahead.

Em Bowman from STEM generously provides us with simple, informative and well-researched guides on how to garden for our birds. You can find her at


It's spring! See the magpies swoop and chase. Tell us who is visiting your place


Welcome to those of you who are new to Birds in Backyards and to surveying.

Author: Mike Bamford (Birds in Backyards Advisory Committee member and BirdLife Western Australia Vice Chair)

Staff at our BirdLife Australia head office in Melbourne were initially thrilled to see a Southern Boobook roosting nearby, but it was soon apparent something was wrong, and she died that same day.

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.

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