Great Backyard Bird Count Leader Board

Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count Leader Board
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:44:19 +1000

People have until 28 Feb to lodge their observations for the GBBC.

I had a look at the country level observations at

India has a virtually unassailable lead and Australia is likely to finish 5th.

The standings at the moment are

Country                 Species Observed          Lists Submitted

India                           758                                   2,450
United States           637                                 91,460
Mexico                          620                                       346
Costa Rica                      532                                       118
Australia                       482                                        740
Ecuador                         328                                          30
Columbia                        291                                          25
Canada                          230                                 10,214
South Africa                    188                                         35
United Kingdom          151                                       119
Japan                           121                                         34
New Zealand               99                                        75

The outcome is a combination of available species and the distribution and intensity of birding effort.

Given that February is probably a good time for peak species diversity in Australia, it is conceivable that Australia could crack the 700 species mark if there were observers around the country (and reporting from the various islands and external territories). It is possible that Australia could beat the US count, but unlikely it could finish above the bird rich countries. It wouldn't take too many submitted surveys for a number of neotropical countries to finish above Australia.

Regards, Laurie.

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