Australian Bird of the Year: nominate your favourite bird

Fifty birds. Two weeks. Only one winner. Vote for the 2023 Australian Bird of the Year

It’s time to get excited — the Guardian/BirdLife Australia Bird of the Year poll is due to kick off on Monday 25 September.

Who will take out the prestigious honour of being crowned Bird of the Year in 2023? With victories to the Australian Magpie, Black-throated Finch and Superb Fairy-wren in previous polls, the field is wide open.

Tawny Frogmouths have been perennial runners up — can they finally make it across the line this time? Or could the Peregrine Falcon swoop in to snatch victory? Or will the Kookaburra be laughing?

“Forget footy finals,” said BirdLife Australia’s Sean Dooley. “This is the only contest that really counts.”

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.

You can nominate your favourite bird on social media with the hashtag #birdoftheyear, or via the online form at the Guardian Australia website.

Watch this space for more details…

Graphic courtesy of the Guardian