Birds of Jirdarup

We have an exciting project underway. It will help amateur watchers identify the birds they see in Jirdarup, tell stories from Noongar Dreamtime and give hints for gardeners wanting to provide food and shelter for birds in the surrounding area. Photo by Georgina Wilson

Birds of Jirdarup

Work is underway to produce a guide to the Birds of Jirdarup. We plan to include photos and a brief description of most of the 57 birds that might be seen over the period of a year. Water birds that are only seen flying over will not be included. The list is based on the birds identified in Appendix 8 of our recent publication about Jirdarup Bushland.

In addition to information about the birds, the publication will have a strong conservation message including ideas for local gardeners to adapt their gardens to increase food and habitat for our local birds.

There is also a strong Noongar element which includes several Dreamtime stories about birds found in Jirdarup.

We plan to publish mid-2024. Photos need to be clear, including the whole bird unless an additional detailed photo of the beak or eye for instance is included.

How you can help

We are looking for Noongar stories about the birds, djerda, of Jirdarup and have found some great references.  If you are aware of other resources, please let us know.

Already many generous people have sent us photographs of the birds in Jirdarup. In October and November we will review what we have and if there is a need for some clarifying photos, we will be in touch.  If you would like to contribute but have not yet received a personal email, please contact Lesley at Lesley.vs@outlook.com or via admin@friendsofjirdarup.org.au using Bird Guide in the subject line.

Thank you to those photographers who have provided additional shots in the last few weeks.  Naming will be based on the following references: