We have a new voting system to decide which bird will reign supreme and be crowned Bird of the Year 2019.

This year, voting is based on the instant runoff (IRV) voting system, which is similar to the system you might have seen in local elections. When you vote, you can rank up to five of your favourite birds, with #1 indicating your favourite bird, #2 indicating your second favourite bird, and so on. It’s no problem if you want to vote for less than five birds.

How the winner is decided

In the IRV voting system, the first preferences of all the votes cast are tallied in a first round of counting. If no bird has more than half of the votes, new rounds of counting are held until one bird has a majority.

In each of these rounds the bird with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and the next ranked choice of those who voted for that bird are added to the totals of the remaining birds.

This process continues until one bird has a majority of votes and is crowned Bird of the Year.