Who will take out the prestigious honour of being crowned Bird of the Year? With victories to the Australian Magpie, Black-throated Finch, Superb Fairy-wren and Swift Parrot in previous polls, the field is wide open.
Australian Bird Of The Year is a biennial poll run by BirdLife Australia and the Guardian Australia. From towering Emus to tiny Silvereyes, from Rainbow Lorikeets to Rainbow Bee-eaters, there are 50 species to vote for, so whether you’re a lover of plovers or you’re raven mad, it’s up to you to decide.
Nominations are currently closed.
BirdLife Australia has worked with the Guardian Australia to develop a list of birds, including some that are getting particular coverage to showcase conservation issues.
After a nail-biting finish, the Swift Parrot surged ahead to take the crown following a successful online campaign by conservationists to draw attention to its plight.
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With a grand total of 11,171 votes, the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot is the winner of the 2023 BirdLife Australia X Guardian Australia Bird of the Year.
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The Critically Endangered Swift Parrot is mostly bright green, with a dark-blue patch on the crown. Breeds in Tasmania and migrates to the mainland for winter.
The Hooded Plover is a medium-sized, pale brownish-grey plover. It has a black head and a white nape, and the black hindneck collar extends around and forks ont
The Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater is a medium-sized honeyeater with striking black and yellow plumage.
The Gang-gang Cockatoo is gregarious in nature. Males have a distinct scarlet red head and slate-grey body with white bars on it. Females are more grey-brown.