Number of Birders in Australia

Subject: Number of Birders in Australia
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 16:04:07 +1100
Great analysis - interesting that 40% take birdwatching trips but only 8% can identify more than 40 birds.

Even if assume that only the 2.3 million listers are "serious birders" then proportionally that equates to over 150,000 in the Australian population - and I think we are a long way short of that!

On 17/02/07, Andrew Taylor <> wrote:
On Sat, Feb 17, 2007 at 01:39:13PM +1100, Charles Hunter wrote:
>   "According to a 2001 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Study, some 46 million Americans considered themselves birder", which came from this website:

Google turned up the survey details here:
and the 2001 report here:
The most relevent bit is:

Wild Bird Observers

Of all the wildlife watching in the United States, bird watching attracted
the biggest following. Forty-six million people observed birds around the
home and on trips in 2001. A large majority, 88 percent (40 million),
observed wild birds around the home while 40 percent, 18 million,
took birdwatching trips.  Birders varied in their ability to identify
different bird species. Seventy-four percent, 34 million, of these
46 million birders could identify 1 to 20 different types of birds;
13 percent, 6 million birders, could identify 21 to 40 types of birds;
and 8 percent, almost 4 million birders, could identify 41 or more types
of birds.  Over 2.3 million wild bird enthusiasts kept birding life lists
in 2001.  Participants keeping these lists--a tally of bird species seen
by a birder during his or her lifetime--comprised 5 percent of all wild
bird observers.


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