People can download the Aussie Bird Count app (which also has a bird identification function) to record what they see, which also helps expert ornithologists better understand how our feathered friends are faring – invaluable data after the summer bushfires killed or affected an estimated 180 million birds.
“You can’t protect something if you don’t know it’s endangered. We’re relying on citizen science,” Mr. Dooley said.
In 2018 Rainbow Lorikeets were the most commonly sighted birds across the country.
“You can count at any time of the day but morning is best because the birds have just woken up and are more active,” Mr. Dooley said.