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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Thursday, August 09, 2018

MANDAANG GUWU (thank you) to everyone who has contributed gawuraa (feathers) to the giran gulbanha (wind philosophy) project. Read More

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Finches are small birds, about 10cm long, that feed on grasses and seeds. They are found all around Australia, with many being endemic.  Read More

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Often birds come together and fly in united flocks, performing extraordinary aerial acrobatics as one. Although not completely understood, it’s generally accepted that flocking birds benefit through cooperating with food hunting, that they exchange information and have greater protection from predators as a group. Read More

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Australia is often referred to as the land of parrots. We have more than 56 species of parrots, from the smallest, the double-eyed fig parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma), to the largest, the palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus).  Read More

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Many Aboriginal creation stories across Australia will tell you that birds are connected to the spreading of fire. Often cheeky birds would steal fire and accidentally drop it as they fled, inadvertently gifting it to everyone.  Read More

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Commonly known as the budgie, the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) is a small seed-eating parrot endemic to Australia. They are around 18cm long and are green and yellow to blend in with the arid regions of Australia.  Read More

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bill Gammage describes galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla) as the ‘great adaptors’, showing through his work that galahs have capitalised on the pastoralisation of Australia. Read More

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Many names for Australia’s birds are in fact Aboriginal names for birds. For instance, when you say galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), you are using a Wiradjuri word spelt gilaa. Read More

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

It’s important to know the difference between a native noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala) and the introduced common myna (Acridotheres tristis).  Read More

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) is named for its extraordinary ability to mimic sounds. From the calls of other birds to motorbikes and chainsaws, they create songs that reflect their local environment. Songs are vitally important to the lyrebird, so much so that they start singing while still in the egg.  Read More

Thursday, May 31, 2018

In Sydney Harbour a number of fairy or little penguin (Eudyptula minor) colonies are still holding on. They are the smallest penguin species in the world, reaching about 30cm in height. Several protected fairy penguin rockeries are dotted around the harbour. Read More

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Flying in between the skyscrapers of the Sydney CBD is the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus). Known to be living within our cityscape, they often feed on feral pigeons (Columba livia domestica).  Read More

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Like many other migratory animals, we still don’t know how birds navigate during their long migrations.
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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

In Australia we have a number of introduced bird species, including feral pigeons (Columba livia domestica), the house sparrow (Passer domesticus) and the common myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes called the Indian myna. Many of these introduced birds compete not just with native birds but with all native animals, creating a number of problems.  Read More

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Over the coming weeks artist Jonathan Jones will be writing a series of guest posts on all things native Australian birds, touching on their importance, the issues they face and what we can learn from them. Jones' upcoming artwork for the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art requires thousands of native Australian bird feathers, which he needs your help to findRead More

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A NEW PROJECT BY JONATHAN JONES  Read More

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The installation of Jonathan Jones' barrangal dyara (skin and bones) is nearing completion on site at The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Read More

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Jonathan Jones' barrangal dyara (skin and bones)
17 September – 3 October 2016
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What is your role at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and what is your background?   Read More

Thursday, August 25, 2016

What is your role at the State Library of New South Wales, and what is your background? Read More

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Cara Pinchbeck presenting 'Remaining relevant: the changing roles of collections'. Read More

Thursday, August 04, 2016

How many shields does it take to outline the original footprint of Sydney's Garden Palace? If you're Jonathan Jones the answer is 15,000. Read More

Friday, July 08, 2016

Whilst Sydney was blanketed in a thick smoke haze on 7th May, Spot Fire 1: Landscape and Language brought together award winning authors, cultural leaders, storytellers and performers in a discussion of landscape and language.  Read More

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bruce Pascoe is the award-winning author of Dark Emu. Pascoe is a writer, editor and anthologist, and was a guest speaker at Kaldor Public Art Projects' Spot Fire Symposium at the State Library of New South Wales, 7 May 2016. 'Day of Our Mother' is Pascoe's reflection from that day. View the symposiumRead More

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Just three years after it was built, Sydney's Garden Palace building was destroyed by a great fire. The palace was engulfed by flames in the early hours of the morning on 22 September, 1882. Read More

Wednesday, April 20, 2016