As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Guardian Australia wants you to vote for Australia’s most-loved native bird

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.

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