Celebrating International Women's Day

BirdLife Australia would like to celebrate the considerable contribution women provide to the conservation of birds, in our organisation and across our whole Network. On this day and every day, we acknowledge how far we have come and how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality, here and around the world.

Can you identify all of the female birds in this photo collage? We have from left to right, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Superb Fairy-wren, Satin Flycatcher, Rufous Whistler, Crested Shrike-tit, Scarlet Robin, and finally: Spotted Pardalote, Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo and White-browed Woodswallow.

They can be a little trickier to identify, and may sing in a less noticeable manner… In fact, researchers are only now realising how much female bird song had been overlooked, here in Australia, and indeed, worldwide.

For example, the Superb Lyrebird female has a complex song, and is very involved in defending the nest territory. For more on how female birdsong is critically underrepresented in both the scientific literature and in biological sound recordings , see here.

Images by Andrew Silcocks. Post by Tanya Loos.