Birds in your Backyards

You can learn a lot about your local biodiversity by surveying birds in your backyard.

Australian King-Parrot, male

Australian King-Parrot, male
Photographer: G Threlfo © Australian Museum

There are several ways to identifiy the birds in your backyard.

  1. Visual observation - use the Birds in Backyard Bird Finder to identify your bird
  2. Bird calls - see the Birds in Backyards website for the top 40 birds calls and see if you can identify your bird
  3. Scats, tracks and traces - sometimes it's what's left behind that provides the clues to what birds are in your backyard. Look for bird scats (poo), nests, eggs, feathers, scratches or footprint.

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program focusing on the birds that live where people live.

  • Get involved by becoming a member and taking part in our online surveys.
  • Learn about how you can create bird-friendly spaces in your garden and local community.
  • Find out more about Australian birds and their habitats.
  • Find a list of over 300 Australian bird species fact sheets.
  • Use our Bird Finder to help you identify a bird you've seen

Visit the Birds in Backyards website.


Karen Player , Manager Museum Outreach
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