The Queensland Twitchathon
The Paradise Parrot Trophy
Morning twitching group, mobile and ready
Morning twitching group, mobile and eager to sight their first birds

Why we need twitchers

Keen and experienced birders are sometimes called ‘twitchers’. A small proportion of twitchers can go to extraordinary lengths to see as many different bird species as possible, and in as many different situations, regions and countries. There are a great many variations on what an individual twitcher wants to see but it usually involves personal pleasure or challenge, and not necessarily, though sometimes, a sense of competition.

Often it can be a sociable "fun thing", such as happens with our Queensland Twitchathons. However, the Queensland Twitchathon is primarily aimed at raising funds (through sponsorships) to be used to fund avian research. In addition, most of our team contestants just love to see birds in their natural habitat AND enjoy each other's company with a common goal.

Twitching has other important side benefits in that keen twitchers usually become experienced bird observers, skilled at identifying many bird species under all sorts of weather conditions. We try and include new birders and young birders so that there is maximum benefit from the Twitchathon. Twitchathon participants are most suitable people to assist with the conduct of bird population surveys. Their reliable observations yield the vital data required to indicate whether bird biodiversity is at risk and whether degradation of bird habitats is putting a given species under threat.

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The Queensland Twitchathon

The 2016 Queensland Twitchathon

Congratulations to the following winners and place-getters of the 2016 Queensland Twitchathon:

Category Place Team Name Team Members No of Species Seen
(24 hours)
Winners: Paradise Parrot Trophy 007 Silvereye Simon Kennedy
Janina Jones
Tristan Kennedy
  Runners Up Lucky Ducks Patrick Webster
Zoe Land
Emma Walton
Emily Mitchell
    Retro Regents Sheena Gilman
Doug Dow
Margaret Cameron
    Whistling Skites David Niland
Marie Niland
    Tableland Tawnies Lyn McAndrew
Sandry Viney
(12 hours)
Winners Spotter Doves Rae Clark
Paul Marty
  Runners Up Inglorious Bustards John van Osta
Scott Baker
Chris Beavon
Hannah Rowan
Peter Wagner
    Gang Gang Gang Rod Cox Linda
Jean Crow
Peter Crow
(12 hours)
Winners Le Tour De Bribie Paul Marty
Therese Marty
Chris Marty
  Runner Up Red Hot Koels Margaret MacNevin
Regina MacNevin
Robyn Stewart
Clare Stewart


Special thanks must go to the individual and to the team who raised the highest amounts in sponsorship:

Highest Individual Fundraiser Winner: Dollarbird Trophy Margaret Cameron  
Highest Team Fundraiser Retro Regents Sheena Gillman, Doug Dow, Margaret Cameron


For those who participated and those who wish that they had, start preparing now for the 2017 Queensland Twitchathon.

The Paradise Parrot Trophy

Since 1991, the winners of The Queensland Twitchathon have been presented with the Paradise Parrot Trophy which has plaques engraved with the names of the winning teams and the team members plus the number of species seen.

As the trophy is not always on display, the attached file will give you details of the winning teams since 1991.

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