How to get involved in counts

How do I register to become involved in the annual count for Red-tails?

All volunteers interested in participating in the annual count for the cockatoo are required to register their interest with the Project Coordinator.

It is with great sadness that BirdLife Australia and the Recovery Team announce that the Annual Cocky Count will not be proceeding as usual this year due to concerns around the coronavirus.

However, we are still keen to try and count as many Red-tails as we can and try to find the location of large flocks, so instead we will be running a ‘Look to the Skies’ event on Saturday 2 May 2020 where we are encouraging everyone to conduct the count from their own homes. 

Whether you have a small backyard or a large property we would love you to head outside on the 2 May and keep an eye out for any Red-tails. This does mean that only people who live in the Red-tail range can participate in the event, so we do apologise to those people living outside the RTBC range who will not be able to take part.

If you are planning on taking part in the event please let us know through phone or email, and we ask that if anyone sees any birds on the day to send in a sighting report. The cockies are usually most active either in the morning or late afternoon, so we encourage people to take part during these times if possible. All sightings can be reported to the Project Coordinator on Free-call 1800 262 062 or via our website or email Just include your name, time of sighting, how many Red-tails were seen and where (map reference is preferable) and what they were doing (i.e. feeding).

We are especially keen to try and get as many landholders involved as possible, as we are still hoping to conduct the flock counts which will help us gain an indication of breeding success in the population. To do this we need to know the location of as many large flocks as possible, especially where they come in to drink from stock troughs, dams, etc. 


The Annual Cocky Count will be back again in full next year, and the following years, so there will be plenty of opportunities to take part in the future!

If you wish to take part in the 'Look to the Skies' event on Saturday 2nd May please do not use the form below, instead let us know either through phone 1800 262 062 or email


Register to become involved
First Name*
Phone no
Your Email*
Site preference (i.e. eastern part of range; around Casterton etc)
Annual Count Training Required: *
Have you participated in the count previously?*
Do you have a 4WD?*
Do you have your own search group or would you like to join in with another group?*
Optional stringybark seed monitoring activity
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