Great Cocky Count

The Great Cocky Count is an annual citizen science survey that aims to count as many Black-Cockatoos as possible across Western Austalia on a single night.

Getting involved is easy - as a volunteer you simply go to the roost location allocated to you and count all the cockatoos flying into their night-time roosting trees. The survey only takes an hour, starting 30 minutes before sunset. This year, the count will be held at sunset on Sunday 3 April 2016.

Registrations are now open

To register as a volunteer, go to the Great Cocky Count Website and fill in the new online registration form or downloadable version. It is preferred that you to use the Google form if possible; be aware that you may need to print the PDF form and scan and send it to Birdlife.
Please be aware registrations close two weeks before the count (Sunday 20 March) so it's best to register as soon as possible!

Community Information Sessions

Each year, BirdLife runs a number of community information sessions in the Perth region and some locations across the southwest. These workshops provide an opportunity to come along and learn about black-cockatoos, their conservation, and see demonstrations on how to identify and count cockatoos in the wild.  Once you've registered for the 2016 Great Cocky Count, keep a lookout for a future email notifying of a workshop near you.

More volunteers needed

Birdlife is always looking for more volunteers so please pass this email on to anyone you think might be interested in participating in the Great Cocky Count.

Do you have a black cockatoo roost or nest site near you?

BirdLife are trying to locate more roost and nest sites across WA, so please contact them at to let them know if you are aware of any near you.

For more information and to register, click here