The Great Glossy Count 2023

The Glossy Black Conservancy is collaborating with Birdlife Australia who is hosting the second annual Great Glossy Count on the

9 & 10 September, 2023.

The South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoo was recently listed as Vulnerable under Australian legislation and is at risk of further population decline after losing large areas of feeding habitat during the Black Summer bushfires of 2019–20.

Glossy Black-Cockatoos (also known as ‘Glossies’) feed almost exclusively on seeds found in the cones of she-oak trees (Allocasuarina and Casuarina). Data about Glossies and their feeding habitats are vital for planning bushfire recovery and conservation action.

The Great Glossy Count 2023 is a citizen science event being held on the weekend of 9 and 10 September. It is run by BirdLife Australia in collaboration with the Glossy Black Conservancy and other organisations which work to conserve Glossies. The Count takes place across the distribution of the South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoo (south-eastern Queensland, eastern NSW, the ACT and eastern Victoria).

Volunteer citizen scientists will explore their selected survey site to collect data on Glossies and their feeding habitat. You can participate in the Count as part of a group or with a friend — it’s a great opportunity for people to enjoy time in nature while supporting the recovery of threatened birds.

Citizen scientists will have the opportunity to participate in workshops in the lead-up to this event and learn about Glossies, including:

  • how to identify Glossies
  • what Glossies eat, and how to recognise the she-oaks they feed on
  • Glossy ecology and behaviour
  • how to record data so it can be used to protect Glossies.

Data collected during the Count will support vital bushfire recovery and conservation work for Glossies by informing actions to manage their habitat.

Registrations for the Great Glossy Count open on 31 July. You can find out more about the Great Glossy Count and how to register here. Sightings of Glossy Black-Cockatoo can also be recorded anytime here.

For more information or specific questions, please email the Birdlife team.

Register as a volunteer citizen scientist

Volunteers can attend workshops and guided walks to learn about Glossy Black-Cockatoo identification, how to observe and record Glossies in the field and threats to the bird’s survival.

How to register using Birdata

How to record data using Birdata

Great Glossy Count 2023 workshops

Face-to-face workshops across SEQ & Northern NSW

Join Glossy Black Conservancy partners at these free workshops to brush up on your Glossy ID skills and learn everything you need to participate in the 2023 Great Glossy Count. Workshops will cover:

  • Identification of Glossy Black-Cockatoos by sight and sound
  • How to differentiate females, males and juveniles
  • Glossy Black-Cockatoo ecology and behaviour
  • Identifying and recording feed trees
  • Age classing of orts/chewings 
  • Using the Birdata app to record sightings during the Great Glossy Count
  • How to stay safe in the field


Saturday 12 August | 10:30am-12:30pm

Tweed/Byron region

Pottsville Environment Park, Centennial Drive, Pottsville


Saturday 12 August | 9:30-11:30am

Logan region

Daisy Hill Koala Centre, 253 Daisy Hill Road Daisy Hill, QLD 4127


Wednesday 16 August | 6:30-8pm

Virtual workshop



Saturday 19 August | 9-12am

Redland region

Indigiscapes, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba QLD 4157


Sunday 20 August | 9-11am

Moreton Bay region

CREEC, 150 Rowley Road, Burpengary


Saturday 26 August | 9-11am

Sunshine Coast region

Maroochy Botanical Gardens, 51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha


Saturday 26 August | 9:30-11:30am

Somerset region

Location: Fernvale Community Hall, 32 Banks Creek Rd, Fernvale


Saturday 2 September | 6:30-8am

Gold Coast region

Hosted by NaturallyGC, this guided walk will occur in the Lower Beechmont Conservation Area – end of Bellis Road


Saturday 9 September | 6:30-8am

Scenic Rim region

Join Catherine Madden at Waterfall Creek Rd, Maroon, for a guided walk on the morning of the Great Glossy Count before heading off to your designated count site.


Contact: Catherine Madden, Scenic Rim Regional Council. Phone 07 5540 5289 or 0458 486 008 or email

Virtual workshop for Queensland, NSW and Victoria

This virtual workshop explores how to identify Glossy Black-Cockatoos and their feed trees through a series of new videos and includes a panel discussion with researchers investigating Glossy Black-Cockatoos. Citizen scientists volunteering for our Great Glossy Count asked questions of researchers during the panel discussion.

Recording chapter points:

00:00 Title

00:04 Welcome to Country

00:53 Webinar introduction

02:33 Safety in the field

06:04 Dr Daniella Teixeira: Glossy Black-Cockatoo field identification

29:20 How to register and book a site in Birdata

38:22 How to record Glossy Black-Cockatoo data in Birdata

48:44 Panel discussion with Dr Daniella Teixeira (Glossy Black Conservancy), Mike Barth (Glossy Black Conservancy), and Jessica Rooke (BirdLife Australia)


Great Glossy Count registrations and site selection will occur via the Glossy Black-Cockatoo portal in the Birdata app.

Before you register, you will need to complete a short and simple quiz to ensure all participants can correctly identify Glossies, males, females, juveniles and fledglings.

To make it easy for you, here are the tools you’ll need, including; ID booklets, the Field Guide and training videos.

Learn more about identifying Glossy Black-Cockatoos for the 2023 Great Glossy Count

Here are some more resources to help you in the field

Access fact sheets on our website.
While we await a fabulous new field guide from our partners at Birdlife Australia, you can access fact sheets on the Conservancy website by clicking here. 

Ask an expert.
Got a burning question we haven’t answered elsewhere? Send an email to the Conservancy and we’ll have one of our expert partners answer it for you. Email:

Download our new field guide
A new guide, produced by Birdlife Australia and the Glossy Black Conservancy will support citizen scientists to collect data on South-eastern Glossy Black-Cockatoos.
Download here.

The Great Glossy Count is a BirdLife Australia project, delivered collaboratively with the Glossy Black Conservancy.

Photography © Andrew Peacock |