J.C. Trotter Memorial Park — 16th June 2024
Millmerran Camp — 28th June 2024
Kumbartcho Sanctuary — 2nd July 2024
Our activities include conservation and research-oriented projects, educational activities, and activities which provide opportunities to meet with other people interested in birds and birding and to share experiences.
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We produce a range of brochures and other information on birds in Queensland, and on all aspects of birding in Queensland.
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Bird identification can be difficult, even for experienced birders, and many discussions occur during group walks and camps on this subject.
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We produce a range of brochures and other information on birds in Queensland, and on all aspects of birding in Queensland.
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“Of those bird species known to have been present or to have visited regularly in Australia when Europeans settled in 1788, 1.9% are Extinct and a further 11.5 % are considered Threatened. Some 6.0 % are Near Threatened.”
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Organizations like Birds Queensland assist with scientific research projects by raising money each year and allocating it as grants.
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Birds Queensland is a non-profit organisation that finances its own activities. Our logo is the brightly coloured and beautiful Sunbird which is normally found only between Normanton and Bundaberg.
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Access files, videos and the hardcopy library catalogue
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Welcome to the Birds Queensland member’s area. These pages contain information that will only be available to BQ members.
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Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) © Cameron Davidson

Although it appears that we know a fair bit about our native birds we really know only a little of what we need to know if we are to ensure that our grand-children and their grand-children are to have as many species of birds in their environment as we do today.

Governments and universities fund a small amount of research into birds and their needs but much more needs to be done.

Organizations like Birds Queensland assist in a small way by raising money each year and allocating it as grants for scientific research projects. These are usually projects initiated by universities or government departments. Copies of Sunbird are available to non-members.

Much of the research is published in our journal, The Sunbird. It is published to promote the scientific study and conservation of birds with particular reference to the birds of Queensland.

Papers are invited from non-members as well as members, and Instructions to Sunbird authors and indices to volumes are available.

BQ now gives a special award to a grant recipient whose research outcomes demonstrate that it best supports the conservation of birds/their habitats.

Birds Queensland is undertaking a Citizen Science survey project to collect information on the numbers of Australian Brushturkey observed in south-east Queensland, and to discover how wide spread the birds are. The results of this survey will be compared with the results of the two earlier surveys to determine if the population has increased/decreased and whether the distribution has expanded/contracted.

More about Birds Queensland research

© Ian and Jill Brown

The Sunbird

The Sunbird is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Queensland Ornithological Society Incorporated (Birds Queensland).
© Caleb Gittins

Bird Research and Banding Group

The Bird Research and Banding Group aims to further our knowledge of Queensland’s birds through citizen science, focusing on bird banding and other research techniques.
© Cameron Davidson

Research grants

Each year Birds Queensland offers small grants for research relating to the conservation of birds and their habitats in Queensland, especially those under threat.
© Peter Storer

Jiro Kikkawa Research Award

Jiro Kikkawa championed the relationship between researchers and the bird watching community.

So, why not join us?

  • Monthly newsletter
    Members receive a monthly newsletter except in January.
  • Library
    Access to over 700 electronic files, videos and hardcopy books and magazines.
  • Outings and activities
    The society holds regular monthly camps and walks for members and guests, as well as monthly meetings.
Sahul Sunbird (Cinnyris frenatus) © Vince Bugeja