Number of Birders in Australia

To: "Dave Torr" <>, <>
Subject: Number of Birders in Australia
From: "Tim Murphy" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 15:13:16 +1000
I think that this post started on the question of what is the chance that a
birder would recognise a Grey-headed Lapwing or a Rose-winged Starling as
something which was something out of the ordinary enough to try and tell
some real birder about it.

I wouldn't have thought that many, but then a Black skinned (aka Chinese)
Chicken got on Channel 10 and generated some excitement - mainly though as
it was on a Brush-Turkey mound and got people thinking of miscegenation and
cross species sex..

Tim Murphy

-----Original Message-----
 Behalf Of Dave Torr
Sent: Saturday, 17 February 2007 3:04 PM
Subject: Number of Birders in Australia

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.
> Andrew
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