This is a link to Eremaea Birdlines which is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.
Click on the link for Birdline Victoria to reach the Victorian page, which is updated daily and is the go to site for twitchers in Victoria.
This is the Parks Victoria homepage and provides a huge amount of information on public land in Victoria. When visiting any park or reserve it is well worth checking here first, especially as fires, floods, days of total fire ban and road conditions may affect your visit.
http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/about-us/publications-list/maps is the page where it is easy to download maps for any of Victoria's public parks and reserves
Eremaea eBird is a new website which links Eremaea birds and eBird.
Eremaea birds was a citizen science project developed in Melbourne for the sharing of bird lists. It recently joined forces, and data, with eBird. This webpage is the Australian portal for eBird and offers links to Birdlines ( rare bird alerts) all around Australia, recent news on the ornithological front, as well as easy access to bird lists entered for sites within Australia. As the Eremaea birds site was developed in Melbourne, the data entered for this state is vast and very useful for researching a visit.
The link http://ebird.org/ebird/australia/subnational1/AU-VIC/activity?yr=all&m=
takes you directly to the most recent lists entered for Victoria by ebird users, useful if you want to see what you may currently find at a particular site.
The home page of Birdlife Australia, which is the peak body for all things birds and conservation downunder. BirdLife Australia was created in 2012 from the merger of Birds Australia and Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA). BirdLife Australia is dedicated to achieving outstanding conservation results for our native birds and their habitats and began in 1901 well over 100 years ago.
Birdlife Australia has an atlas project to which anyone can contribute bird lists. This link takes you to the page where you can subscribe to become an atlasser. Whether you are just visiting or a resident of Australia, all contributions will add to the vast amount of data already downloaded. Up to 2014 a dedicated band of over 7000 atlassers have amassed over 420,000 surveys, comprising over 7.1 million bird records.
Once you have registered, you log in at http://birdata.com.au/homecontent.do to upload your bird lists which will help conservation activities within Australia. You will also find free bird lists to download for regions plus species maps.
This link from the Birdlife Australia website takes you directly to the list of Birdlife’s regional groups in Victoria. Each regional group is run by volunteers, and clicking on a groups link will take you to further information about birds and birding in that particular area. This includes details of meetings and outings that are open to all, contact details of locals as well as in some cases downloadable brochures on birding sites in the region, all put together by the local birdos. A valuable resource indeed.
Birding-Aus is probably the most popular web forum for discussions around birds and birding in Australia. The home page gives you some background, a link to the latest posts, and how to subscribe. If you don’t want to receive every email, there is a very useful archive with a well-functioning search engine which will quickly tell you where to find a Carpentarian Grasswren, how to get a key to a sewage farm in the middle of nowhere, and the focal length of the latest Canon lens, plus everything in between. Find the archive at
One of the most comprehensive directories of Australian birding
There are numerous facebook pages dedicated to birds including:
Specialist suppliers for nature books include:
Useful bird finding guides include:
Where to See Birds in Victoria
- ISBN: 9781741757361
- Edited by Tim Dolby, Penny Johns and Sally Symonds
The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia
- Second Edition
- Richard Thomas, Sarah Thomas, David Andrew
- ISBN: 9780643097858
Finding Australian Birds
- A Field Guide to Birding Locations
- Tim Dolby Rohan Clarke
- Forthcoming May 2014
- ISBN: 9780643097667
Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country
- Chris Tzaros Birds Australia
- ISBN: 9780643069671
The most used field guides are as follows:
The Australian Bird Guide
- Menkhorst Rogers Clarke Davies Marsack and Franklin
- CSIRO Publishing ISBN 9780643097544
- Published in 2017 the most detailed and up to date guide.
The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia
- Ninth Edition An old favourite of many
- Graham Pizzey Frank Kinght
- ISBN: 9780732291938
The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds
- Second Edition Genuinely pocket sized
- Peter Slater Pat Slater Raoul Slater
- ISBN: 9781877069635
Field Guide to Australian Birds
- Revised Edition
- Michael Morcombe
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia
- Eighth Edition A great beginners guide
- Nicholas Day Ken Simpson
- ISBN: 9780670072316
Two Birding Apps are now available for mobile devices, both of which include a comprehensive collection of bird calls
The first to arrive on the market was:
Morcombe’s Birds of Australia
More recently a second field guide has been offered as an app: