Australian Bird Of The Year

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.

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Vote for your favourite Australian bird

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. 

Resources, Actions & Facts


Your 2023 Bird of the Year is...

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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BirdLife Australia's Bird of the Year Picks: Top 7

Don’t know who to vote for in the Guardian/BirdLife Australia Bird of the Year poll? Let us inspire you with our top 7 picks!

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What bird is that? Starlings vs Blackbirds

How to tell the difference between commonly confused birds: Starlings vs Blackbirds

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Urban Birds

Urban sprawl has a huge impact on native birds. BirdLife Australia's Urban Bird Program protects birds and their habitats across our rapidly changing and expanding cities.

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Swift Parrot

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.

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Hooded Plover

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

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Regent Honeyeater

The Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater is a medium-sized honeyeater with striking black and yellow plumage.

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Gang-gang Cockatoo

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.

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