In partnership with BirdLife Australia, Guardian Australia has launched its annual Australian bird of the year poll to ask readers to nominate their favourite bird and encourage others to do the same
Monday 20 November 2017 02.54 GMTLast modified on Monday 20 November 2017 03.13 GMT
This week Guardian Australia and BirdLife Australia are asking readers to cast their vote on their favourite native bird. From the gregarious sulphur-crested cockatoo to the ubiquitous bright lorikeet, it’s time to recognise our country’s wealth of amazing native birds.
The poll aims to celebrate the uniqueness of Australian birdlife and raise awareness of the threats facing many of the birds on the list, including climate change, habitat loss, land-clearing and feral animal predators.
Today BirdLife Australia’s magazine editor and author of the Big Twitch, Sean Dooley, provides us with an essay on the relationship Australians have with our unique birdlife from the brightest of our parrots right down to the much maligned ibis, or “bin chicken” as it has become known.
Guardian Australia’s environment reporter, Michael Slezak, provides us with a breakdown of the pecking order: can the willie wagtail – bird of the year 1908 – claw its way back to the top in 2017? Or will the superb fairy-wren take flight and wing it again as it did in a 2013 BirdLife Australia poll?
The winner of the Australian bird the year competition will be announced on 9 December 2017.