The Queensland Twitchathon
   2020 results
The Paradise Parrot Trophy
Morning twitching group, mobile and ready
Morning twitching group, mobile and eager to sight their first birds

Why we need twitchers

Keen and experienced birders are sometimes called ‘twitchers’. A small proportion of twitchers can go to extraordinary lengths to see as many different bird species as possible, and in as many different situations, regions and countries. There are a great many variations on what an individual twitcher wants to see but it usually involves personal pleasure or challenge, and not necessarily, though sometimes, a sense of competition.

Often it can be a sociable "fun thing", such as happens with our Queensland Twitchathons. However, the Queensland Twitchathon is primarily aimed at raising funds (through sponsorships) to be used to fund avian research. In addition, most of our team contestants just love to see birds in their natural habitat AND enjoy each other's company with a common goal.

Twitching has other important side benefits in that keen twitchers usually become experienced bird observers, skilled at identifying many bird species under all sorts of weather conditions. We try and include new birders and young birders so that there is maximum benefit from the Twitchathon. Twitchathon participants are most suitable people to assist with the conduct of bird population surveys. Their reliable observations yield the vital data required to indicate whether bird biodiversity is at risk and whether degradation of bird habitats is putting a given species under threat.

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The Queensland Twitchathon

The 2021 Birds Queensland Twitchathon

Takes place from Friday 24th September to Tuesday 5th October.


Select the following link to pay your sponsored amount electronically.

Rules and details

You can download the following documents:

  1. the 2021 Twitchathon Rules (Updated Sept 21st)
  2. the team application form (MS-word format). (Updated Sept 21st) Team Leader, please fill and submit electronically if possible. Alternatively, this PDF version can be downloaded for printing.
  3. team sponsorship recording page. One (or more) per participant. Please fill and submit electronically if possible


The following species lists are available:

The 2020 Birds Queensland Twitchathon

For the 2020 Twitchathon, over $4000 in sponsorship was raised for the research projects that Birds Queensland supports each year.

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2020 Queensland Twitchathon:

Category Place Team Name Team Members No of Species Seen
(24 hours)
Paradise Parrot Trophy
Restless Birdcatchers Ofalia Ho
Jesse Rowland
Russell Yong
(12 hours)
Winners The Godfeathers Vernon Kretschmann
Mel Stewart
(12 hours)
Winners La Giro del Sud Paul Marty
Therese Marty
Chris Marty


Special thanks must go to the individual and to the team who raised the highest amounts in sponsorship:

Category Team Name Team Members
Highest Individual Fundraiser Winner: Dollarbird Trophy   Adrian Gallagher
Highest Team Fundraiser Golden Hustlers Rae Clark, Andrea Schafer, Adrian Gallagher, Nicky Stafford


This year we also awarded certificates in a number of sub-categories as listed below:

Category Team Name Team Members
Youngest Team Restless Birdcatchers Ofalia Ho, Jesse Rowland, Russell Yong
Most Mature Team Gang Gang Gang Rod Cox, Linda Sulakatku, Jean Crow, Peter Crow, Dawn Muir
Rookie Team – no prior Twitchathons Coastal Chats

Warbling Doves
Ian Gibson, Jan Gibson

Andrew Grenfell, Luke Sbeghen, Kerri-Anne Dove
Highest Night Bird Species Tally Cister-ticklers Richard Noske, Detlef Davies, Brian Coates, Chris Barnes

The Paradise Parrot Trophy

Since 1991, the winners of The Queensland Twitchathon have been presented with the Paradise Parrot Trophy which has plaques engraved with the names of the winning teams and the team members plus the number of species seen.

As the trophy is not always on display, the attached file will give you details of the winning teams since 1991.

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