BirdLife Australia has created the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app for you to take part in Australia’s first nationwide bird survey. For one week each year near the end of October, as part of National Bird Week, join thousands of people as they get to know their local birds and help us discover how our birds are getting on. It only takes 20 minutes in your backyard, neighbourhood park, or favourite green patch to be a part of this exciting event.

All you have to do is sign-up with your name and email address, select your location on the map, and start counting. If you need help identifying birds, use the handy built-in Field Guide. While there are around 800 species of birds in Australia, the Field Guide holds just under 400 species. Try to be as general as possible when searching or typing in bird names to get the best results.

Don’t go away when the Bird Count has finished. You can use the Field Guide year round to learn more about your feathered friends.

Check out the FAQs on our website for more in depth information

To find out about the great work we do at BirdLife Australia and get involved go to

App development by Planticle

What’s New

Version 7.0.4

- Updated for 2020
- Updated species information, including new "similar species" section

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Brushe ,

Great App

A bit more tweaking for next year as suggested by others. Bird call Id, keeping list for next day, being able to review & correct later when find have misidentified a bird especially if your a novice. Otherwise was a great improvement, gets better each year. Love doing it & helps our birds.

Fred at Breskfast Point ,

Fred at Breakfast Point

Warning: The bird identifier is next to useless. It can lead to extreme frustration.

Even if you know what bird you a looking at working what selection of size shape and colours will produce a short list which includes the bird you are looking. I have more success asking questions on google. How is the colour a selection meant to work? It had never been any help to me. Surely being able to use the local habit would help. If I have seen a wading bird by the river with some black markings it’s unlikely to be a parrot. Right now I am staring at a cormorant type diving bird. It’s shape is not included in the selection. I cannot find any input that will output any of such birds I see on the river.

Another beef: why give the sometimes long list of possibilities alphabetically, surely by likelihood or some other criteria would be better. Good to that now the totally improbable possibilities are flagged.

077andAnnie ,


I love the idea of a bird count and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. My big problem was the app on my iPad started doing crazy things after the 3rd day eg the counting on 2 species went crazy and added 2,000 birds to each count and there was no way to change it. Then parts of the screen froze as a photo of a willie wagtail and I could get rid of it or read what was under it. The location map said I found 8 species where in fact it was 21. Next time I will send a separate email count in and not use the app unless the bugs can be fixed.

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