What is a Twitcher?

Frequently Asked Questions about Birding #3

What is a “twitcher”?

Someone who is prepared to travel great distances or go to great effort or expense in order to see birds, often just a single bird, that they have never seen before so that it can be marked on their list of birds seen (called a “tick” or “lifer”). The word ‘twitcher’ might have originated from their propensity to develop a nervous twitch until the rare or desired bird has been ticked off their list.

In Australia, probably the most famous “twitcher” is Sean Dooley who went on a twitch for a full year in an attempt to record the most species in Australia in a calendar year. His amazing exploits are celebrated in his book called “The Big Twitch.”

Yellow Plumed Honeyeater

Yellow Plumed Honeyeater


3 Responses to “What is a Twitcher?”

  1. […] of well documented rare bird sightings in our country. Each of these has resulted in birders – twitchers – heading by car or plane to cross vast expanses of countryside just to “tick” a rare […]

  2. […] this link contains too much information for anyone who is not a twitcher. I just love it. posted by Nancy Nichols | April 18th, 2007 10:42am | filed under Local […]

  3. […] before all you Australian twitchers out there jump in your car or on a plane to “tick” this species off your list, let me […]

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