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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Report your sightings

Birds Queensland encourages birders to submit their bird lists to eBird. Birds that are rare or outside their expected range will be reviewed for eBird by local experts.

Alternatively, we welcome any sightings that are unusual in terms of location, activity or appearance for birds seen in Queensland, adjacent waters and areas extending up to 100km into adjoining states and territory. Even escapees can be reported to alert us in case they may become established in the future.

Data submitted will be assessed by our sightings officer for inclusion in records of sightings, referred on as appropriate, and may be reported in the Newsletter.

Please provide as much information as possible on the form below, particularly regarding location and a phone and/or email address so we can contact you if any clarification is necessary. Please state in the Remarks section if the sighting or observation has also been submitted to eBird. Alternatively, details can be emailed to the sightings officer including all information included on the web based form.

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Rare Birds

In the case of the species listed here you should also prepare a Rare Birds Report and email it to our Birds Queensland Rarities Appraisal Committee with a cc to the BQ sightings Officer.

You can download a report form here: Download in printable PDF format (pdf file, 30KB) OR Download in MS Word format for editing. (Word file, 30kb). It may also be appropriate to fill out a report for sightings of species significantly outside their normal range. The form may be emailed here.

Please Note: The sections ‘Description of Bird’ and ‘How is it distinguished from other species?’ in the report form must be answered fully. A PHOTO ALONE IS NOT SUFFICIENT.

Species to be referred to Rarities Committees

Reports should be submitted for any of the following species, and if the species is of National significance the report will be referred on to BARC.

Any rare or unusual species should be reported to the Bird Queensland Rarities Appraisal Committee. The current list of relevant species is on the page: species to be referred to Rarities Committees.

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.
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) © Vince Bugeja