2023 Great Glossy Count Results

Monday, 22 January 2024

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Supporting the bushfire recovery of the South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoo

In September 2023, volunteer citizen scientists took part in the Great Glossy Count – collecting important data on the South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoo population and their feeding habitat.

This data provides an invaluable insight into how this threatened subspecies is faring, and helps support their bushfire recovery and conservation across QLD, NSW, the ACT and Victoria.

And now, the results are in! Check out the summary infographic below.

Thank you to our volunteer citizen scientists and collaborators, including the Glossy Black Conservancy, for helping make the second Great Glossy Count a success!

Key findings:

  • 395 volunteer citizen scientists took part in the 2023 Great Glossy Count
  • They covered 377 unique survey sites across QLD, NSW, ACT and VIC
  • Of these, 63 survey sites had Glossies, and
  • 156 survey sites had feed trees
  • Volunteers counted a total of 277 birds over the 2023 count weekend (130 birds were recorded over a single day in the 2022 count) 

Count Glossies year round with Birdata

While the Great Glossy Count may be over, you can continue to report any Glossy Black-cockatoo sightings with Birdata. This data informs our ongoing conservation work and helps us understand and protect these remarkable birds.

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