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The following verse by Geoff Ryan appeared on the Birding-Aus email list on 3 June 2017 in response to multiple postings on the topic of "garbage chooks" - the birds that make it their business to hang around garbage landfills. The posts started with the query "How many species of dump chook are there in Australia?"

GARBAGE CHOOKS

What’s in a name? William Shakespeare’s question is as valid for conservationists today as it was for the crowds gathered in the Globe theater more than 400 years ago.

BIBY TV features beautiful bird videos, some great planting tips from Angus Stone (Gardening Australia) and general information on the Birds in Backyards program. Plus soon we'll be featuring fun instructional videos for our new backyard bird surveys on Birdata.

GroNATIVE gives residents in South East Queensland an exciting opportunity to create truly beautiful gardens that are good for them and good for biodiversity. Created by ecologists, this tool has been designed specifically to enhance the ability for backyards to contribute to conservation - setting it apart from previous horticultural aids.

Silvereyes are a small bird, 13 centimetres long and weighing only 10 grams. They are sometimes called White-eyes due to a conspicuous ring of white feathers around the eye.

They have a grey back and olive-green head and wings, whitish under tail and chestnut flanks.

It's a true story, based on love, obsession and sometimes madness. Thankfully, the authors (and their publishers) managed to avoid murdering each other along the way. But after nearly a decade in the making, The Australian Bird Guide finally hits bookstores on Monday.

A small GPS tracker attached by a harness to the back of a male Little Eagle over a year ago is revealing surprising information about one of the ACT’s rarest birds of prey, Minister for the Environment Mick Gentleman said today.

We’re making this small change to deliver exciting new updates to the program this year. It will improve your Birds in Backyards experience and, by being better integrated into the BirdLife Australia family, it will streamline things so we can focus our attention on the birds in your backyard.

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