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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# This information is so that we can check for more details if necessary. It will not be reported on the site.
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.