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Ornithology Citizen Science App

Big City Birds

The University of Queensland
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The Big City Birds citizen science app aims to learn about five specific birds species and their behavioural adaptations to living in the city. Their whereabouts, behaviours, communal roosts, and nest sites are of interest to researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, and The University of Sydney. The data collected will help scientists understand these species’ behaviour, movement, reproduction, distribution, and habitat use in suburban areas.

Humans are capable of dramatically altering a bird's landscape. Cities are a familiar and extreme example of this change. Intriguingly, some animals can adapt to these changing environments by flexibly changing their behaviour. The Big City Birds Citizen Science project focuses on five bird species in Australia that have done so successfully: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Australian Brush-turkey, Australian White Ibis, Little Corella, and Long-billed Corella. 

The five focal species have all been observed adapting to human-modified areas, and are increasing their population in urban areas. Occasionally they are considered a nuisance, yet they are all Australian native birds that are doing their best to survive in human-altered landscapes. The data collected will help scientists understand these species’ behaviour, movement, reproduction, distribution, and habitat use in suburban areas. The collected data helps understand the behavioural traits that have allowed some species to adapt to the challenges and opportunities of city living.

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