The migratory Swift Parrot is closer to extinction than ever before. First recognised as a declining species back in the 1980s, Swift Parrot numbers have continued to decline rapidly for the past 40 years. By participating in the Swift Parrot Search, you can make a positive difference.
We encourage you to visit as many sites as feasible during biannual 6-week count periods: between the last week in April and the first week in June, and again between mid-July and late August.
In 2023, the Swift Parrot Search dates are: 22 April to 4 June and 15 July to 27 August.
Widespread sites across Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. For a breakdown of regions within each state, please see below, or visit the Birdata website to view a map of all survey sites.
To conduct bird surveys and habitat assessments at Swift Parrot Search sites, birdwatchers need the following materials with them in the field:
Once you have selected your region and registered for the Swift Parrot Search you will receive an email with all the documents and information you need to take part, including a detailed description of the survey methods. Please read and download these documents before taking part.
If you have any questions, you can get in touch via the contact form available on this page, or refer to our Swift Parrot Search FAQs section for assistance.
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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.
Read our FAQs for Swift Parrot Search for answers to commonly asked questions about survey methods, identification of birds, plant species and survey locations for surveyors.