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          By joining the biggest community of bird lovers in Australia, you can help us make a positive impact on the future of our native birdlife. The members of BirdLife Australia, along with our supporters and partners, have been powerful advocates for native birds and the conservation of their habitats since 1901.

          We are also the meeting ground for everyone with an interest in birds from the curious backyard observer to the dedicated research scientist. It doesn’t matter what your interest in birds is or how much you know about them, your membership will offer you the opportunity to increase your awareness and enjoyment.

          Birdlife Australia would be delighted to welcome you as a new member and we look forward to sharing our news and achievements with you throughout the coming year.

          Our Programs


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          Other Publications

          Over our long history, BirdLife Australia has produced a raft of high-quality, scientifically robust publications that deal with many different aspects of Australian birds. These include a comprehensive set of encyclopaedias which deal with everything that is known about birds in our region, definitive atlases of bird distribution in Australia, and the results of our cutting-edge conservation and research projects. There is even practical advice about the rehabilitation of bird habitat, and much more besides — the range of topics will surprise you. Explore the breadth of our literature by scrolling down… Naturally, they are in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.

          Recovery Planning: Restoring life to our threatened species

          BirdLife Australia is a strong advocate of recovery planning and the great job they do bringing together the knowledge, science, and actions needed to recover threatened species. However, our analysis shows that most plans aren’t doing a very good job of protecting habitat at the moment.

          The report Recovery Planning: Restoring life to our threatened species finds that of the 120 endangered and critically endangered animals covered by recovery plans, only 12 (10 per cent) had plans that placed any prescriptive limits on the future loss of habitat. This is despite the fact that 80 (67 per cent) of them listed habitat loss as a significant threat and recommended active protection of habitat.

          Recovery plans have the potential to be powerful tools for the protection of threatened species: the report documents some good examples where recovery plans clearly prescribe limits to the loss of habitat (it can be as simple as stating ‘there should be no land clearing in areas identified as critical habitat’ as it does in the recovery plan for the Golden Shouldered Parrot) and makes a series of recommendations to improve the operation of recovery planning instruments.

          Download the report below.

          The Wing Thing

          Today’s young birders are tomorrow’s conservationists. Because education is one of the best tools in our efforts to save native birds, it is important to ensure that young people understand that they can help.

          To allow kids to step into the shoes of some of Australia's birds, check out The Wing Thing, a kid-friendly magazine and related interactive website to fire their imagination on Hooded Plovers, Swift Parrots and Shorebirds.

          New Atlas of Australian Birds

          For four years between 1998 and 2002, Birds Australia coordinated the largest continent-wide survey of birds in the world. Over 7000 atlassers, equipped with binoculars, field guides, GPS units and notebooks, produced 270,000 bird lists and nearly five million bird records.

          The New Atlas of Australian Birds bookThe New Atlas of Australian Birds marks the culmination of these efforts, presenting 4000 distribution maps for over 650 bird species, including seasonal changes and breeding range. Change maps are also presented for 250 species, identifying those that are more common or less common since the first Atlas of Australian Birds was completed 20 years ago.

          Whether birdwatching among the Snappy Gums of the Great Sandy Desert or the Snow Gums in Tasmania, The New Atlas of Australian Birds will tell you which birds you can expect to see there. Essential to environmental planners as well as bird enthusiasts, The New Atlas of Australian Birds includes a delightful range of drawings commissioned from leading Australian artists, and sets a new benchmark in our knowledge of bird distribution.

          Available from CSIRO PUBLISHING and Andrew Isles Natural History Books.


          • Illustrations for each species
          • Distribution and breeding maps for over 650 species
          • Change maps that identify changes in 250 species since the first edition



          HANZAB Volume 1If you need to know something about Australian birds or the birds of New Zealand or Antarctica, the best place to look is the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB).? This multi-award winning seven-volume encyclopedia summarises everything that is known about our birds. ?

          Not since Gould and Buller in the 19th century or Mathews in the 1920s has anyone been so audacious as to attempt to comprehensively cover so many of Australasia's birds in a publication.? HANZAB has become a classic of modern ornithology.? Compiled by a dedicated team of ornithologists at Birds Australia, these books are a font of knowledge about the ecology, behaviour and morphology of each of the 952 species ever recorded in our region - even extinct species, introduced birds and rare visitors to our offshore islands are dealt with in detail.? All breeding species of our region have texts which cover the following aspects of their lives:

          • HANZAB Volume 3Field Identification
          • Habitat
          • Distribution and Population
          • Relations with humans
          • Movements
          • Food
          • Social Organisation
          • Social Behaviour
          • Voice
          • Breeding
          • Plumages and related matters

          HANZAB Volume 6Each text was compiled after a comprehensive and painstaking search of a wide range of sources (ornithological literature, unpublished data, university theses and personal communications), and dozens of the world's finest ornithological experts were consulted to confirm the accuracy and reliability of all accounts.? Each species is captured in all its plumage variations in specially commissioned colour plates (over 400 plates in all), each of which is exquisite, yet scientifically accurate.? There are also many black-and-white illustrations to show specific details of behaviour, morphology and the like, as well as a distribution map for each species, and sonagrams (pictorial representations) of many songs and calls.?

          Because all of the information in HANZAB is presented in comprehensive but concise species accounts, it has become a vital tool in bird research and conservation work.? It summarises all that is known about each species, but also clearly states areas which are poorly understood, and that makes it an even more valuable resource.? Each account is fully referenced to aid further study. ?

          If you would like a copy of your own, contact reputable bookshops, such as Andrew Isles Natural History Books.

          Contents of each volume of HANZAB

          • Volume 1: Ratites to Ducks
          • Volume 2: Raptors to Lapwings
          • Volume 3: Snipes to Pigeons
          • Volume 4: Parrots to Dollarbird
          • Volume 5: Tyrant-flycatchers to Chats
          • Volume 6: Pardalotes to Shrike-thrushes
          • Volume 7: Boatbill to Starlings

          Download an index below to find the species you are looking for either by common or scientific name.

          Birds on Farms supplement 2000

          Fire and Birds supplement 2005

          Shorebird Conservation in Australia supplement 2009

          Reports & Supplements

          Since 1980, we have produced well over a hundred reports, supplements and conservation statements, with the aim of making results from our various projects or research about threatened species or significant conservation issues available to the general public, as well as providing guidance and education on these subjects.


          Initially, the reports were published as the RAOU Report Series, which comprised 112 reports. These also incorporated reports from our bird observatories, the Middlesex Field Study Centre, supplements to Bander's Aid, and early RAOU Conservation Statements. In 1997, reflecting the change of our name from RAOU to Birds Australia, the title of our report series also changed and the numbering of the reports recommenced, from Birds Australia Report Number 1. These days the Report Series documents only the results from our projects and does not include Conservation Statements or supplements. We also produced more detailed, specialised scientific reports, known as Monographs.

          Conservation Statements

          Our Conservation Statements, formerly either part of the RAOU Report Series or supplements to our members' magazine, have now been assembled into their own Series, originally titled RAOU or Birds Australia Conservation Statements, now badged as BirdLife Australia Conservation Statements.


          Occassional supplements on matters of national conservation significance relating to birds or for educational purposes are produced. They are scientifically accurate but accessible publications with practical application.

          Download or Order your copy

          Download a copy of any of these below. If you prefer a printed copy of the supplements download the order form below and return it to us. If you would like a printed copy of any of the reports contact our library.


          Monograph Series

          ISSN: 0815-2233

          Birds Australia? produced monographs, which are lengthy scientific publications that deal with a single topic in ornithology in great detail, and they usually refer to studies on a single species, a particular suite of species or a specific region.

          Monograph 1.? Beehler, Bruce M., & Finch, Brian W. 1985. Species-Checklist of the Birds of New Guinea. Pp. 127.

          A comprehensive checklist of the species recorded in this poorly studied region.

          Monograph 2.? Christidis, Leslie, & Boles, Walter E. 1994. The Taxonomy and Species of Birds of Australia.? Pp. 112.

          Incorporates a species list of all birds recorded in Australia and its territories, including extinct species, introduced species and vagrants, and a lengthy discussion of the taxonomy and taxonomic arguments used to explain changes to the previous accepted list.? This is the standard reference for common and scientific names and the taxonomic order used by Australian ornithological journals.

          Monograph 3.? Czechura, Gregory, & Debus, Stephen (eds). 1997. Australian Raptor Studies II. Pp. 125.

          A compilation of papers from the Australasian Raptor Association's second annual conference at Currumbin Sanctuary, Queensland in April 1996.This volume features topics on various Owl species, Diurnal Raptors, and Education and Rehabilitation of raptors in Australia.

          Monograph 4.? Reid, Tim A., Hindell, Mark A., Eades, David W., & Newman, Mike. 2002. Seabird Atlas of South-eastern Australian Waters. Pp. 146.

          An atlas showing the distribution of 85 species and subspecies of pelagic and other seabirds in waters from southern New South Wales, south to waters well beyond Tasmania (48?°S) and west to south-eastern South Australia, including Bass Strait. Also included is a helpful introduction to the geography of the region such as rises and troughs in the ocean floor and the locations and timing of different ocean currents, as well as a discussion of the contribution of the atlas to seabird biology, and potential uses of the Seabird Atlas Database and its implications for management of the marine ecosystem in south-eastern Australia and beyond.

          Birds Australia Taxonomy Monograph 2

          Birds Australia Raptor Studies Monograph 3

          Birds Australia Seabird Monograph 4


          Restoring the Balance: The case for a new generation of Australian environmental laws

          Report by Jenny Lau and Margaret Quixley
          February 2018

          Recovery Planning: Restoring life to our threatened species

          Australian Conservation Foundation, Birdlife Australia, and Environmental Justice Australia

          IBAs in Danger report

          The state of Australia's Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas
          November 2014

          Birds of the Murray-Darling Basin

          Birds of the Murray-Darling Basin
          May 2014
          Edited by Richard Kingsford, Jenny Lau & James O'Connor

          The Wing Thing:Shorebirds

          The Wing Thing: Shorebirds
          October 2012
          Golo Maurer & Dan Weller

          The Wing Thing: Woodland Birds

          The Wing Thing: Woodland Birds
          February 2012

          The Wing Thing: Beach-nesting Birds

          The Wing Thing: Beach-nesting Birds
          December 2011

          Australia's Important Bird Areas 2009

          Australia's Important Bird Areas: Key sites for bird conservation
          December 2009
          Guy Dutson, Stephen Garnett and Cheryl Gole 7 MB

          Shorebird Conservation in Australia 2009

          Shorebird Conservation in Australia September 2009
          Jo Oldland, Danny Rogers, Rob Clemens, Lainie Berry, Grainne Maguire and Ken Gosbell 2 MB

          Fire and Birds 2005

          Fire and Birds September 2005
          Compiled by Penny Olsen and Michael Weston 2 MB

          Shorebird Conservation in Australia 2002

          Shorebird Conservation in Australia
          December 2002
          Bianca Priest, Phil Straw and Michael Weston 2 MB

          Birds on Farms 2000

          Birds on Farms: Ecological Management for Agricultural Sustainability December 2000
          Geoff Barrett 4 MB

          Newhaven Station 2000

          A Wilderness in Australia's Heartland: Newhaven Station
          June 2000
          Kate Fitzherbert

          Where Do All the Bush Birds Go? 1999

          Where Do All the Bush Birds Go?
          December 1999
          Michael F. Clarke, Peter Griffioen and Richard H. Loyn 2 MB

          Renaissance on Lanark 1999

          Renaissance on Lanark
          March 1999
          Graeme O'Neill

          Australia's Raptors 1998

          Australia's Raptors: Diurnal Birds of Prey and Owls
          September 1998
          Penny Olsen

          Native Grasslands and the Plains-wanderer 1998

          Native Grasslands and the Plains-wanderer
          March 1998
          David Baker-Gabb

          Murray Mallee Reserve 1997

          The Birds Australia Murray Mallee Reserve: A Safe Home for Some of Australia's Rarest Birds
          June 1997
          David Baker-Gabb 2 MB

          Conserving Woodland Birds 1996

          Conserving Woodland Birds in the Wheat and Sheep Belts of Southern Australia
          June 1996
          D. Robinson and B.J. Traill 4 MB

          Antarctic Seabirds 1993

          Antarctic Seabirds: Their Status & Conservation in the AAT
          December 1993
          Eric J. Woehler 2 MB

          Managing Grasslands 1993

          Managing Grasslands to Maintain Biodiversity and Conserve the Plains-wanderer June 1993
          David  Baker-Gabb 2 MB

          Bander's Aid Supplement 1990

          Bander's Aid Supplement 1990
          Ken Rogers, Annie Rogers and Danny Rogers 2 MB

          Bander's Aid 1986

          Bander's Aid 1986
          Ken Rogers, Annie Rogers and Danny Rogers 4 MB

          List of Reports

          Download the full list of reports and conservation statements