Conservation group Birdlife Australia has put the call out to volunteers for its annual 'Cocky Count' event.
The Cocky Count will get volunteers from over Victoria to search in stringybark locations across the red-tailed black cockatoo's habitat range.
This year's Cocky Count will be held on May 1, with participants searching around their allocated site of stringybark forest for the animal.
Survey sites spread from Nelson to Little Desert National Park, with the group encouraging landowners with stringybark forests on their properties to get involved in the effort.
Birdlife Australia project coordinator Kelsey Bennett said the group hopes to see an increased number of volunteers this year.
"Last year due to COVID-19 lockdowns we were unable to send volunteers onto public land or drive far from home to search for red-tailed black cockatoos," she said.
"The landholders and volunteers who helped us in 2020 did a wonderful job and we're hoping with so many in the community keen to get back out and about to enjoy this beautiful part of the world we will see an increase in the number of volunteers in 2021."
The group hopes to undertake flock counts as an indication of breeding success in previous years.
Ms Bennett said in 2019, more than 190 volunteers counted 1193 birds.
"Participants who are interested in taking part in the count do not need prior bird survey experience but need to become familiar with what red-tails look and sound like, as they can often be mistaken for the more common yellow-tailed black cockatoo," she said.
"At this time of the year, we ask the public to report sightings of cockies to ensure that all areas where birds have been seen recently are searched on the day."
For more information on how to become involved, contact Kelsey Bennett on 1800 262 062, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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