Counting on your help for fly-by numbers

Little corellas will be just one of the species set to be recorded through this year's Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

Little corellas will be just one of the species set to be recorded through this year's Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

Like birds of a feather thousands of Australians will flock outdoors next week to take part in this year's Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

Whether it is living in a rural or urban settings, taking a stroll on the beach or enjoying a walk in the scrub or botanical gardens, people can help provide data on the birds which live, feed and breed in their area.

BirdLife Australia's Sean Dooley said the aim was to count 3 million birds in seven days, from October 21 to 27, with the help of an app designed specifically for the venture and the enthusiasm of ordinary Australians.

He said the data collected would provide information on how birds were surviving in urban areas.

"In order to get the best picture of what's happening with Australian birds we need to get everyone with a smartphone into their backyards and joining the Aussie Backyard Bird Count," Mr Dooley said.

"It's up to Australians of all ages and backgrounds to help count as many birds as we can during National Bird Week and find out what types of birds are living in our backyards and local parks."

Throughout the week the national total will be updated in real time with the app also displaying the species which have been seen in local habitats.

Last year thousands of people helped to record more than 610 species of birds with rainbow lorikeets, noisy miners, magpies and sulphur-crested cockatoos topping the numbers list.

Drought conditions and increasing urbanisation could affect the outcome of this year's bird count with a larger number of desert birds expected to be seen in more populated areas.

To take part in the count there is no need for binoculars or other equipment, watchers just need 20 minutes and the Aussie Bird Count app to start.

To download the free app for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets go the the Google Play or iTunes store.

For more information visit https://aussiebirdcount.org.au

The rainbow lorikeet was the bird with the highest count in last year's Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Photo - Andrew Silcocks.

The rainbow lorikeet was the bird with the highest count in last year's Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Photo - Andrew Silcocks.

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