Canberra Bird Notes


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Most recent issue

2024 #1 (July) (8 MB posted 18 Jul 2024)

(All other issues can be found in the archive below).

NOTE: The Annual Bird Report (normally the first CBN each year) has not been published in recent years (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024) pending the replacement of COG’s bird database.

About CBN

COG members have been publishing details of their bird-related observations and investigations in the publication Canberra Bird Notes (CBN) for almost 50 years. CBN was established in 1968:

“…as a news letter for members of the Canberra Branch of the R.A.O.U. [now COG] and other interested persons. It is intended purely as an informal medium of communication and does not constitute a recognised journal.” (Quoted from the first issue).

Despite the disclaimer, much of the content is good citizen science mixed with a diverse range of personal insights into many aspects of bird biology, ecology and behaviour.

How to use this resource

CBN is produced three or four times a year, grouped into annual volumes. The first issue every year is devoted to the Annual Bird Report, an extensive summary of the status of all bird species found in COG’s area of interest over the previous (July-June) year.

Issues are published in printed form and also electronically. Printed issues are mailed out to members while the electronic version is available here, on this page. Members are notified when a new issue is available.

All CBN volumes are available as full-text, searchable PDFs. It should be noted that earlier CBN volumes were scanned from printed originals using OCR (optical character recognition) software, which is by no means perfect. Scanning and formatting errors occur in the text and layout as a result. IT IS IMPORTANT therefore that if you are using data from old Canberra Bird Notes, please refer to the original PRINTED edition as there is no guarantee that data has scanned correctly.

The scanning process has taken COG member Alastair Smith 10 months, and comprises 150 volumes and some 5,100 pages – a mammoth task indeed! Thank you very much Alastair for all of your hard work – it is much appreciated.

Early ACT Branch RAOU Annual Bird Reports

Before CBN started, COG (as ACT Branch of the RAOU) produced three Annual Bird Reports covering the 1965, 1966, 1967 June-June years.  These are accessible at the very bottom of the archive.

If you have any difficulties using on-line CBN, please contact the COG Webmaster.




Vol. 49: 2024

Vol. 48: 2023

Vol. 47: 2022

Vol. 46: 2021

Vol. 45: 2020

Vol. 44: 2019

Vol. 43: 2018

Vol. 42: 2017

Vol. 41: 2016

Vol. 40: 2015

 Vol. 39: 2014

Vol. 38: 2013

Vol. 37: 2012

Vol. 36: 2011

Vol. 35: 2010

Vol. 34: 2009

Vol. 33: 2008

Vol. 32: 2007

Vol. 31: 2006

Vol. 30: 2005

Vol. 29: 2004

Vol. 28: 2003

Vol. 27: 2002

Vol. 26: 2001

Vol. 25: 2000

Vol. 24: 1999

Vol. 23: 1998

Vol. 22: 1997

Vol. 21: 1996

Vol. 20: 1995

Vol. 19: 1994

Vol. 18: 1993

Vol. 17: 1992

Vol. 16: 1991

Vol. 15: 1990

Vol. 14: 1989

Vol. 13: 1988

Vol. 12: 1987

Vol. 11: 1986

Vol. 10: 1985

Vol. 9: 1984

Vol. 8: 1983

Vol. 7: 1982

Vol. 6: 1981

Vol. 5: 1980

Vol. 4: 1978-79

Vol. 3: 1975-77

Vol. 2: 1972-74

Vol. 1: 1968-71

ACT Branch RAOU Annual Bird Reports


Missing Pages

There are a few missing pages and perhaps typos resulting from the arduous process of scanning thousands of pages. Known missing pages are:

  • Vol 24:2 page 50
  • Vol 24:4 page 212