The Great Glossy Count 2023

About the Great Glossy Count

Birdlife Australia is holding Australia’s second annual Great Glossy Count on Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 September, 2023. The Count takes place across the distribution of the South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoo (south-eastern Queensland, eastern NSW, the ACT and eastern Victoria).

The South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoo was recently listed as ‘Vulnerable’ under Australian legislation and is at risk of further population decline after losing large areas of feeding habitat during the Black Summer bushfires of 2019–20.

Glossy Black-Cockatoos (also known as ‘Glossies’) feed almost exclusively on seeds found in the cones of she-oak trees (Allocasuarina and Casuarina). Data about Glossies and their feeding habitats are vital for planning bushfire recovery and conservation action.

Volunteer citizen scientists will explore their selected survey site to collect data on Glossies and their feeding habitat. The Count can be conducted in a group or with a friend, and it is a great opportunity for people to enjoy time in nature while supporting the recovery of threatened birds.

Get more details about the Great Glossy Count at

For more information or specific questions, please contact BirdLife’s Glossy Black-Cockatoo team at: [email protected]

September 09, 2023 at 8:00am - September 10, 2023
Birdlife Australia