Great Cocky Count
- Date Sunday, 2 April 2023
- Time 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- Locations South-western Western Australia
Join Birdlife for the Great Cocky Count
The Great Cocky Count is a citizen-science survey, and the biggest single survey for black-cockatoos in Western Australia. In the lead-up to the Count each year, we ask people to keep an eye out for roost sites, which helps us plan the upcoming Count. Then, on one evening each autumn, volunteers monitor known roost sites and count black-cockatoos as they arrive in the evening. Records submitted from across the South West provide a snapshot of black-cockatoo populations, helping us quantify changes in their numbers.
Where can I take part in this survey?
The Great Cocky Count takes place in south-western Western Australia — south-west of a line between Geraldton and Esperance — on a single night in autumn. Citizen scientists can help in the lead-up to the Count by locating night roosts (places where the black-cockatoos gather to sleep at night).
Simply register to take part in the Great Cocky Count and you’ll receive instructions and a site to survey. Please be aware registrations close on Sunday 12 March, 3 weeks prior to the Great Cocky Count.