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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Jiro Kikkawa Research Award

Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) © Peter Storer

Jiro Kikkawa championed the relationship between researchers and the bird watching community. The Jiro Kikkawa Research Award honours his memory and is given to a grant awardee whose research best supports and advances bird conservation.

Jiro Kikkawa (1929-2016) was a founding member and influential supporter of the Queensland Ornithological Society (Birds Queensland). He graduated from Tokyo University and completed his post-graduate studies at the Universities of Oxford and Otago before spending most of his working life at the University of Queensland.

Jiro was an enthusiastic birder both around Brisbane and beyond. He studied Silvereyes and specialised in the conservation of rainforest birds. Jiro was President of Queensland Ornithological Society from 1972-75 and was an Honorary Life Member.


Year Awardee Project
2019 Dr Gabriel Conroy Glossy Black Cockatoo feed tree ecology: Do genetic factors or seed nutrient content influence feed tree preference?
2018 Nicholas Leseberg The ecology and conservation biogeography of the Night Parrot
2021 Clancy Hall The sexing of thick-shelled and heavily pigmented eggs in-ovo as a population management tool
2023 Vasilli Kasimov and Dr Martina Jelocnik Viruses of a Feather: Investigating prevalence and genetic identity of Beak and Feather disease and Herpes viruses in birds from South-East Queensland.

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