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  • Birds in Backyards

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

  • Birds of Australia exhibition

    Experience the spectacular Birds of Australia exhibition in the newly restored Westpac Long Gallery. 

  • Birds in Backyards: top 30 urban birds

    The Birds in Backyards website lists 30 species of bird that are sometimes found in towns and cities.

  • Bird-like dinosaurs

    Many of the characteristics of early and modern birds appeared first in theropod dinosaurs. Feathers, wishbones, modified ‘flapping’ forelimbs and hollow bones are found in the coelurosaurs – the theropod group that includes tyrannosaurs and dromaeosaurs.

  • Modern birds

    It is clear to us today what is a bird and what is not as feathers make it difficult to confuse them with any other living animal. Many other features – such as wishbones and specialised joints in the wings – are also unique. We place birds in a major group called Aves.

  • The first birds

    The first birds had sharp teeth, long bony tails and claws on their hands. The clear distinction we see between living birds and other animals did not exist with early birds. In fact, they were more like small dinosaurs than they were like any bird today.

  • Bird-dropping spider, Celaenia excavata

    Several groups of spiders have evolved an effective strategy against being eaten by day-active predators like birds and wasps - they have bodies that look like unappetising bird droppings.

  • Bird feeding a spider to chicks


  • Finding birds with bands or other marks

    The Australian Museum often receives calls regarding birds that have a band on the leg or some other form of marking. There are different types of bands, which are placed on birds for different reasons by different people.

  • Bird in resting posture


  • Museum in a Box - Birds

    Museum in a Box® is available for set three week loan periods and can be sent to any educational institution across Australia.

  • Finding dead birds

    The Australian Museum welcomes donations by the public of birds found dead. This is a major source of specimen acquisition by the Museum. Almost any dead bird is of value to the Museum's activities, particularly when it has data (the date, place of collection and collector's name) with it. Even common species are valuable contributions, but fresh undamaged carcasses, uncommon species and specimens from non-urban areas are particularly welcome. Staff in the Bird Section always prefer the option of making the decision to keep or discard the bird after they have received it.

  • Birds in your Backyards

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

  • Students using Birds of Paradise interactive


  • Birds: Aves

    Birds are a familiar sight in Sydney's bush, backyards, parks and gardens. A diverse group, birds exhibit a range of adaptations for all environments.