August 2024 Meeting — 1st August 2024
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Anstead Bushland Reserve — 10th August 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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Welcome to the Birds Queensland member’s area. These pages contain information that will only be available to BQ members.
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Instructions to Sunbird authors

Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) © Ian and Jill Brown

The Sunbird is the peer reviewed journal published by Birds Queensland (Queensland Ornithological Society Incorporated) which publishes original papers about birds in Queensland and adjacent northern regions. The journal is published online and is available through the Birds Queensland website and Informit.

Manuscripts are invited from both members and non-members  on all aspects of ornithology, e.g. life history, taxonomy, distribution, behaviour and ecology. Manuscripts may take the form of major articles, short notes,  literature reviews, book reviews or comments on published articles.

Submission of a paper for consideration implies that the authors’ findings have not been published, nor are being considered for publication elsewhere. All submissions will undergo a formal peer review and editing process. As part of that process the editor reserves the right to submit records of rare birds to the Rarities Appraisal Committee of Birds Queensland. Where authors choose not to accept changes made by referees and the Editors, the Editors reserve the right not to publish the paper or publish with a disclaimer.

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word to the Sunbird Editor via email as Microsoft Word files. Tables and figures should be numbered sequentially, in the order they are referenced in the manuscript. Photographs, drawings and diagrams should be in electronic form, preferably as a .jpg or .png file. Common and scientific names of birds should follow International Ornithological Congress (IOC) systematics and taxonomy . Lists of birds should also follow the IOC sequence.

Authors may also submit high resolution photographs with their manuscripts, with suitable captions and the name of the photographer as appropriate. Authors must obtain the appropriate permissions.

Intending authors should consult recent issues of The Sunbird to see acceptable forms of contributions.

References should be listed in alphabetical order using the following format:

For Journal articles:

Fleay, D.H. 1973. Nesting habits of the brush turkey. Emu 36: 153-163.

For Books:

Frith, H.J. (Ed.) 1976. Mallee fowl. In Complete Book of Australian Birds, pp. 136-137. Reader’s Digest, Sydney.

Serventy, D., Serventy, V.N. & Warham, J. 1971. The Handbook of Australian Sea-birds. Reed, Sydney.

For book chapters:

Catterall, C.P., Storey, R.J. & Kingston, M.B. 1997. “Reality versus rhetoric: a case study monitoring regional deforestation”. Conservation Outside Nature Reserves (ed. by P. Hale & D. Lamb), pp. 367–377. Centre for Conservation Biology, University of Queensland, Brisbane.


BoM. 2019. Queensland in 2017: The warmest year on record. Bureau of Meteorology. Last accessed 15 September 2019.

Requests for advice or help in preparing manuscripts can be made to the editor.

Manuscripts and correspondence should be sent to the Sunbird Editor:


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